Though it hasn't been on many agendas lately, the formation of the Comp Plan Committee in the city has been getting a good deal of discussion as of late by the members of the City Council, but they aren't the only ones.
Public Works Commissioner Anthony “Skip” Scirocco submitted a
recommendation (from the list of suggestions). The other three
Commissioners (all Democrats, unlike Johnson and Scirocco, which I'm
sure is just coincidence), did not submit recommendations. They also tabled a vote on hiring a consultant for the process, later calling
the whole thing “Dead on arrival.”
planning a follow-up on the whole thing this week to see whether the
committee is going to be meeting without the consultant or not, but I
figured while I wait for this executive session to be over I'd post
some of the public comments for the meeting to the blog.
first to voice concerns about the formation of the committee was City
Democratic Committee Chair Charles Brown.
said “If all of the commissioners had a say in how that board was
picked, it would be a different board, but perhaps not that
drastically,” but he said what would be different would be the
sense in the city that everyone had played a role in the formation of
what everyone agrees is perhaps the second-most important document in
would think the democratic process would dictate that we would bend
over backwards to ensure all of the voices were heard, since we all
live in the city,” he said.
others also spoke in general terms, one chastising the mayor and
asking he be more conciliatory, and the other saying more renewable
energy interests should be included.
very eloquent appeal to inclusion, Theresa Cappozola called on City
Council to disband the current committee and enact another “in a
more democratic manner.”
pointed out that “the overwhelming majority of members represent
development interests or rely on development interests.”
said she and others who do not support development in the city's
“Green Belt” have “become powerless against development because
they always seem to be in control and we don't have a seat at the
is a comprehensive plan,” she said, “not a development plan.”
also asked the rest of the City Council not to vote for any
consultants for the project because it would “merely legitimize”
the committee which she said is “overly and improperly weighted to
way the committee was formed, she said, has stripped the public of
“our small amount of power at the polls” since four of the city's
five commissioners were not involved in the process. “This is
history repeating itself,” she said. “This is the same fight and
the community never wins.”
I'll be following up on this, since the last I talked to the mayor
about it he said he didn't know if they were going forward with
meetings without a consultant.
Labels: City Council, Comprehensive Plan, Comprehensive Planning Committee, Mayor Scott Johnson, Public Comment