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Home » Archives » January 2009 » Essential Public Facilities Ord Moved Forward

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01/05/2009: "Essential Public Facilities Ord Moved Forward"


//11/06/2008 Making some changes recommended by staff, the Council voted to hold another meeting -and will allow public testimony- November 18th, on the revised EPF ( Essential Public Facilities Ordinance).

While Prosecuting Attorney Randy Gaylord had expressed concerns about the changes made to the ordinance when the Planning Commission had made ( Previous Story ) their recommendations, Council members had concerns that a EPF could be added to the list without Council review.

Staff said that there would be a new process to add or remove what would appear on an approved list of what is an EPF.

Councilman Bob Myhr said it would be a “really bad policy” if the council could not rule on what appeared on the list.

Gaylord said the current process will remain as is, which gives the council that power, and that will not change.

Additional discussion resulted in minor changes. Gaylord said they would “make the changes you approve, and re-published this prior to the next meeting.

Peterson moved to move the ordinance, with the changes, to a public hearing on November 18th,
Alan Lichter amended the motion to include a requirement that the council receive the revised ordinance one week prior to the meeting.

This final point was intended to send a message to staff that the council did not want to be rushed into having to make a decision, without receiving all the information, and in time to review it.

Bob Myhr decided to abstain from voting, not because he was opposed to the ordinance, but because he was “not happy with the process.”

Once the revised ordinance is made available, it will be posted on the Island Guardian and on the county website.

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