A number of people have asked me about the next steps for public input on the Comprehensive Plan revision process. I’ll go out on a limb once again and make a public statement without first checking with the spin doctors, risking imperfection in the quest for openess.
The Planning Commission met on Wednesday night. We reviewed the citizen input from Tuesday. Most, but not all, of it had been compiled in the 24 hours following the public meeting, thanks in part to a number of citizen volunteers. This input included, in my words, the treasures, the growth allocation percentages, the pink and green dots, and the 19 phrases and pictures. From this material we drafted 12 proposed principles that would guide the revising of the Comp Plan. We also sketched out a plan for continuing to seek public input as we moved forward on the revision process.
Thursday morning, the Planning Commission met with the City Council, reviewed the results and presented the proposed principles and the plan. We sought Council confirmation of our proposed principles and process. There was solid support from the Council on the principles. The Planning Commission and the Council Members, as well as a number of citizens in attendance, tweaked the proposed process, resulting in an approach that offered promise in both the short and long terms.
The Planning Commission will be meeting next Tuesday night to hone the details. However, I will share the basic outline of the process as it currently stands. There will be another public meeting, probably in the next 30 days or so. At that meeting, we will share the results of the first public meeting, as well as the 12 principles, and clarify a few of the issues that seem to justify follow-up.
From that point through to the presentation of the draft revision in September, we will work through the existing citizen-staffed boards and commissions. There is much congruence between functional areas in the chapters of the Comprehensive Plan and the missions of these boards and commissions. For example, the chapter on housing and the Housing and Redevelopment Authority, the chapter on economic development and the Economic Development Authority, and the environment and the Environmental Quality Commission.
The Planning Commission and the City Council Members believe that the Boards and Commissions represent our citizen “experts” on these subjects. They have worked on these topics for years and have demonstrated a degree of passion for them. We believe that they have a strong level of commitment to seeing that the community’s values and visions in these areas do not gather dust in a plan but actually be realized in the implementation of the resulting ordinances.
This summary is longer than I intended. Hopefully it helps to illustrate our intentions. There will be more data on the Plan website and more details on the process coming from the Planning Commission. Thanks once again to all the people who have participated in the process so far. We look forward to your continuing participation.