***This is a series of articles recapping the planning commission meetings. They will run after most meetings and are written by City Council candidate, District 3 resident and Vice-Chair of the Planning Commission, Chris McNutt.***
The Planning Commission is a Council appointed yet independent body of citizens who act as a vetting/advisory panel for land use, zoning, and Comprehensive Plan amendments to the City Council. The following is a personal account and may not reflect the opinions of other Planning Commission members.
The meeting on May 22nd, 2013 covered three primary topics.
1.Privately Initiated Comprehensive Plan Amendment
2.Miscellaneous Code Amendments
3.Heritage Tree Ordinance
[The following is to be read slowly and deliberately, as if it was after sunset and on a foggy street.]
The evening began like any other. As usual, I arrived early. Only Mrs. Ochs arrived before me. And that was a good thing, because she had the keys to the building. One by one the commissioners sauntered into the room, pleasant banter permeating the spacious accommodations. Soon Katie Baker arrived and the conversation turned to the whereabouts of Chris Beale. Then Deputy Mayor John Knutsen materialized, quietly contemplating the days events and anxiously waiting to hear the wisdom of the planning commission.
Councilman John Hopkins flitted in and out of the chambers, departing empty handed; each time returning with correspondence and magazines. Some say, on quiet nights, if you listen extra well, you can hear the creak of his Nike’s delivering information and report cards to the kind and generous people of District 1. Still others, don’t say that at all.