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Commission to push for better formatting for its CodeNEXT recommendation

Thursday, March 15, 2018 by Joseph Caterine

During CodeNEXT discussion at the end of its Mar. 13 meeting, the Planning Commission impressed upon the staff to include its recommendation for the text of the proposed Land Development Code within the document itself, rather than attached as an addendum. Planning and Zoning Assistant Director Jerry Rusthoven said that staff was concerned about overloading the text with too many comparisons from all the commission recommendations. Chair Stephen Oliver, however, put his foot down, and said that he would be putting forth a resolution that asked for formatting alternatives to the planned addendum. “I’ve seen what happens with some of our recommendations on, say the Strategic (Affordable Housing Blueprint),” he said. “I don’t know of a Council member who looked at it. And a lot of work went into it. And it’s not necessarily the fault of the Council members – I think the formatting did not help.” Commissioner Conor Kenny, tongue-in-cheek, made a suggestion that if the addendum system were so effective, maybe the Planning Commission’s recommendation could be forwarded to Council first, and staff’s recommendation could be referenced to as an attachment. “If y’all want to rewrite the entire thing I wish you luck,” Rusthoven said.

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