The Planning Commission has devoted an amazing amount of time and effort to this project to craft regulations which are specific to Northfield. The Planning Commission has worked with the Chamber of Commerce on both commercial and residential regulations, with both colleges on the regulations affecting their campuses and the relation of the campuses to their surrounding neighborhoods, and held public meetings and information sessions. Thank you – it is more than we should ask of our volunteers, but you demanded that the revision be done and I applaud your efforts.
The letter from Chamber Board of Directors contains five broad points that are not specific but contain content that the Commission should be able to respond to. These five broad points can be summarized as follows:
1. Land Development Code needs more flexibility for commercial areas to allow for business diversity.
2. The Code needs to identify areas for industrial development, specifically the proposed Business Park.
3. Restrictions on college owned property undermines their ability to effectively utilize their property.
4. Residential zoned areas need more flexibility so property owners can build what customers want to live in.
5. The LDC should include a statement that contains a streamlined process to change the LDC.
The Chamber of Commerce also stressed that specific comments from builders and developers be viewed as comment from the Chamber as well. The comments from the builder/developers are much more specific and contain 18 comments in total, 13 comments relate to commercial regulations, and five comments relate to residential regulations.
The letter from the Chamber starts on page 37 of the packet.
Ross was AWOL yesterday so Tracy put on her PC-ZBA hat and I pretended to be interested, asking her about the latest with the annexations in Greenvale and Bridgewater townships as well as the Land Development Code. We introduced the show with lots of fun fluff, natch.