Have Your Say on JCC’s Growth, Development Plan Tonight

September 30th, 2009 by Kim Lenz

The Planning Commission will hold its public hearing on the draft of the Comprehensive Plan Wednesday evening. This will be an opportunity for citizens to comment on the plan before the Planning Commission before they send it to the Board of Supervisors.

The Commission has held several meetings to give commissioners a chance to tell staff their suggestions on changes they thought should be made. Read previous stories here, here and here.

Some of the important changes that came out of those discussions include an addition of an executive summary, an annual report process to track how the county is doing compared to the objectives in the text, some additions to Community Corridor descriptions, and some stronger language about growth management.

Still up for discussion at Wednesday’s meeting is a decision on an annual amendment process, an idea championed by Commissioner Jack Fraley and opposed by staff.

Some suggestions from Commissioners that didn’t make it into the draft included a population target (outside the estimates included in the plan) and some specific growth controls. Staff commented that supervisors can indirectly control growth through votes on various applications that come before them, but they’re not allowed to directly control the growth of by-right development.

Read details about what was and wasn’t added to the draft in the attachments for Wednesday’s agenda here (scroll down to the September 30 block).

The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. tonight in building F of the County Government Complex on Mounts Bay Road.

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