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A new deadline for CodeNEXT?

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

If you’ve been on Twitter recently, you may have heard the rumblings. This week’s City Council agenda includes an item that would allocate another $2 million to CodeNEXT consultants Opticos Design Inc. (And, if you’ve ever been anywhere near Twitter, you can guess that those talking about the additional funding aren’t happy.) Yesterday, Council Member Leslie Pool took the opening to post on the City Council Message Board and raise the question of whether the April 2018 deadline for a final draft of the code “has become counterproductive.” In her post she explains that she started off the year hopeful, but “today, the deadline is threatening to derail CodeNEXT rather than move us forward. The intense focus on this timeline is creating a situation in which our community and our staff are struggling just to keep up; this has damaged the city’s ability to engage with residents, prioritize community input, and communicate effectively.” To that end, after citing a number of continuing and outstanding issues with the process, Pool suggests that a new deadline “such as Winter 2018 or Spring 2019” might help the process conclude more smoothly. Stay tuned!

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