Sunday, September 24, 2006

Architects, urban planners and traffic engineers — oh my!

Holy shit, somebody on city council has a brain. Philebrity crush Jim Kenney wants to put experts on the Zoning Board of Adjustments and the City Planning Commission. EXPERTS.
Councilman Jim Kenney says there should be trained experts on two key city panels -– the Zoning Board of Adjustment and the City Planning Commission. He says each panel would have to have an architect, an urban planner, and a traffic engineer:

“It's not that the people there are not qualified, they’re just not trained in particular areas that involve development and development decisions. Obviously having an architect that’s involved in his or her community would be a plus in making a decision.”
Yea, that’s all well and good… but it’s not like this is a new problem. It was evident in ’03 when Tom Kelly and his predilection for sheet metal variances left the ZBA and in ’04 when Gary Hack, “one of nation’s most respected city planners,” resigned from the planning commission because nothing he did mattered. Inga Saffron has been preaching the good word at the Inky since ’02.

But, yes, we are happy this is finally on City Council’s radar. We just wish someone in the vicinity of City Hall could be a little more proactive about issues like this, instead of reacting, say, three years after the fact.

Jim Kenney is off to see the wizard [KYW1060]
Already effectively emasculated, Mayor Street takes the planning commission down another peg, forbids planning chief from doing interviews with the press [Inky]

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