Last Monday July 1st over 300 of you turned out for the Planning Commission hearing. The Main Auditorium was filled past capacity and the Lobby was standing room only as well. Over 4 hours of testimony from residents were given before the Commission began their deliberations.
92% of all comments were extremely negative about the proposed slashing of the allowable Total Development Square Footage on all non-Beachfront lots.Beachfront changes were not part of the agendized item but that didn’t stop the Commissioners.
The Planning Commission was not convinced.4 out of 5 acted as if we had all been begging them for further restrictions on our properties.John Mazza got the award for “Most Tone Deaf” by mansplaining that the Commission had to restrict our properties and they couldn’t just send it back to the Council with a suggestion that it be marked DOA.He also took a shot at explaining to we poor ignorant children that we just didn’t understand, and that we would all be better off as a result of his brilliance. He then expanded the noticed scope of the meeting by adding Beachfront properties and capping them at 8,500 Sq. Feet.
Around 12:30AM three of the Commissioners voted to pass a restriction for all homes on lots over 1 acre and all Beachfront properties.Both categories are capped at 8,500 sq. ft.Included in the restriction was a further limitation on how much of the allowable TDSF could be used for the Dwelling.To bleed off opposition they exempted properties under an acre.If this passes they will be back to rob those owners as well.
John Mazza dissented because it wasn’t tough enough. Jeff Jennings voted against it because it is a dumb idea.
On the afternoon of July 3rdI learned that the City had amended the agenda for the Monday, July 8thmeeting of the full City Council to add an item for a discussion of setting a date for a future meeting to discuss this “Dog’s Breakfast” of a recommendation.
We need to show up to let them know that even if we only get 4 days’ notice over a holiday weekend, we are paying attention and expect them to listen to the public comments before deciding to act on the recommendations from the 4 stooges.
This would be a great time for Jefferson to announce that he has asked for Mazza’s resignation.Skylar should do the same with Uhring.Rick and Mikke should follow suit with Marxx and Hill respectively.All have shown zero political awareness and a pronounced lack of common sense.In fairness, Chris Marx was the only one with the decency to look like he was conflicted about ignoring the public.
See you Monday at 6:30