Smart Growth

I co-chaired or chaired many of the 2030 Land Use Plan zoning committee meetings. The plan is good, but not great. And now that board members are supposed to use it as a guide, we have already begun to ignore its recommendations.

Compounding the problem of ignoring the 2030 Plan, that plan will only be an effective tool when our new ordinances are in place. Unfortunately, those ordinances are being developed by a local developer, and the process was delayed on purpose until Dave Yeske (R), who knows zoning, and I were off the board so the ordinaces we be pushed through with minimal review. And with little or no progress on the ordinances since 2010, there has been no effective zoning and growth plan in place. We need to follow our 2030 plan guidelines and we need to put ordinances supporting those guidelines in place now.