10/03/2008: "CC Agrees To New UDC Docket Timelines"
(Jon Cain explains a point to Council as CD&P Planner Shireene Hale observes -Randy Gaylord in background)
The County Council failed to grant CD&P (Community Development and Planning) Director Ron Henrickson’s request to allow changes to land use regulations to come before the Council at will.
The Council decided to follow a version of the Planning Commission Recommendations to limit the number of times the UDC (Uniform Development Code) can be changed from only once a year, to three times a year, and to sunset the change in two years.
A public hearing on the proposal was held on Tuesday by the Council to hear additional comment on CD&P (Community Development and Planning) recommendations that the Council should ignore the three key elements of the Planning Commission Recommendations and let CD&P suggest changes at any time.
At issue is a large backlog of changes that should have already been reviewed and ruled upon by the Council, but neither the Council or CD&PD have made following this particular law a priority.
The problem now is there are some areas of the UDC that CD&P wish to change, but to do so, the backlog needs to be processed. Solution? Allow the County to -as one Planning Commission member said- “cherry pick” the ones they want to change, and leave the rest for another day.
County Prosecutor Randy Gaylord told the Council that the original reason for limiting the changes to the Comprehensive Plan to only once a year, was to avoid applicants to pick and choose who might be doing a review of proposals at any given time, and time the submission of an application for a land use change to coincide with who might be most likely to grant it.
Gaylord said the one year requirement for changes to the comprehensive plan was intended to stop that kind of action by developers. However, because land use codes “always have to be changed in a way that is consistent with your comprehensive plan.” For that reason, Gaylord saw no problem with removing the requirement that land use regulations also could only be changed once a year; that is, as long as they are consistent with the Comp Plan
The Council agreed to allow three changes a year, and to set a sunset clause of two years.