04/19/2012: "Council; Public Not Informed On CAO"
(Staff addresses County Council -screen capture photo)
On Tuesday Council Chair Patty Miller presented a suggestion on how the CC (County Council) should move forward on the CAO (Critical Areas Ordinance) .
Miller suggested a CAO Time Line for Discussion, with two options. Option one would have the CC start on the wetlands portion first, and then take up the fish and wildlife sections in October. The second option would differ in that it would move the Fish & Wildlife sections through the planning commission hearings “as quickly as possible” in May and part of June.
In option 2 the council would then take up the Wetlands section and Fish & Wildlife at the same time at a Council and Planning Commission joint public hearing.
As part of the process the Council will make field trip “tours” related to both the wetlands and fish & wildlife on July 7th -and perhaps on August 10th.
Patty Miller said there is a lot of dialog in the community: “there is lot of information out there, some some misinformation out there; in part because the public has not had the opportunity to hear any of the councils thoughts on it [CAO] as we have been waiting for the planning commission to get to it [CAO].”
Miller said holding a discussion at the council level is a way to get information out to the public and explain the council’s views, and hopefully would dispel some of the public’s concerns about the CAO.
Councilmember Pratt suggested the County provide better information and communication to the public. Miller said we need to ”start to develop the information that the council can disseminate.” Miller added that the information the public is getting now is more like a campaign; and the council needs to respond to any information that they believe is misinformation.
With that, Councilmember Richard Fralick moved that option two, with a May 7th field trip, be adopted. Councilmember Rich Peterson made the second, the vote was unanimous (Councilmember Rosenfeld was absent).