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Metro Council endorses changes for Planning and Zoning Committee

Monday July 2, 2007

Louisville Metro Council
For More Information Contact:
Tony Hyatt: 574-4137/ 526-3622
Stephen Haag: 574-1204/ 645-1752
For Immediate release:

On Thursday night, the Louisville Metro Council gave approval to a revision in procedures for its Planning and Zoning Committee to allow additional citizen input.

“The Committee began its work last year after concerns were raised over a heated zoning case,” said Chairman Tom Owen (D) 8. “I hope these changes will show the public we are truly making an effort to hear all sides when deciding these cases for development.”

The change was prompted after a case where a citizen’s group objected when the applicant’s attorney discussed with the Committee a binding element to a case that had been proposed on the floor. At the time, the citizens group was not allowed to respond.

The committee took months of testimony in a review of Committee procedures.

Under the new rules, the Chairman of the Committee will have the discretion to invite members of the public to respond narrowly to a proposed new binding element or a revision of one that was made at the Planning Commission level. The Chair will determine who will be invited to comment on the binding element and how long they may speak.

There is also a procedure provided that allows a Council Member or the Committee to propose that a discussion of a new or revised binding element be heard in an ad hoc committee and convened by the County Attorney. The County Attorney is given guidelines for determining which citizens should attend as well as provide a written record of the deliberations of the work of the ad hoc group.

“It is my hope that these changes will provide additional transparency in the work of the Metro Council’s Zoning Committee,” said Owen.

For more information about the changes, contact Councilman Tom Owen’s Office at 574-1108.

Tom Owen (D) 8