What's happening?

Ok this week it’s an ordinance to off load (circumvent?) responsibility for variances related to flood damage from the Zoning Board to a newly established board soon to be appointed.  Municipal Land Use Law designates the citizen boards which are to be created under state law, and designates their specific responsibilities.  It also stipulates stringent requirements related to the makeup of those boards and the conduct of its members.  The new board proposed by this ordinance may well be an extra legal board that could infringe on the assigned duties and responsibilities of the Zoning Board (appointed by State law) and will not be subject to those requirements.  This ordinance is in Council’s packet but was not advertised to the public on the agenda.

A development plan for Dan’s Dockside Marina will be discussed in the Planning Board (tonight at 6:00 in the senior citizen center).  What involvement the taxpayers will have in this project is anyone’s guess, but a public / private “partnership” has been proposed in the past.  There will also be a discussion in regard to elevation requirements for the new X zone.  What was proposed was to use the elevation of the “most restrictive” FLOOD ZONE on which it borders. The X zone is not in the 100 year flood plain but for purposes of determining required elevation will be treated as if it is.

I get it.  People think I’m over the top with this stuff.  Prior to this it was floor area ratio and the Hospitality Zone.  I’ve pretty much been silenced now (to the relief of no small number of people no doubt.)  The only voice you’re likely to hear in the future will be the official one.  Every week it’s been something new.  I’ve just been trying to keep up with it. 

If you’re sick of me I’m sick of this too.  It’s important that Patch be a community forum for discussion.  To that end I’m going to try to step back from it.  My apologies.


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Eric Sauder September 26, 2013 at 03:38 PM
Oops my mistake. The ordinance IS on the agenda for first reading. Had the wrong ordinance number ...
Eric Sauder September 26, 2013 at 03:42 PM
Hey Houck where are you? What do you think about this?
Eric Sauder September 26, 2013 at 03:55 PM
BTW I hear the percentage of variances being approved has declined.
Eric Sauder September 26, 2013 at 04:23 PM
OK I have more information now. Guess its better to reserve comment until it is publically aired at the council meeting tonight.
Eric Sauder September 28, 2013 at 10:10 AM
As a follow up it has been stated that this initiative is in response to the CRS program. It was also stated it was in response to the state DEP. I don't know which is accurate (if either.) If its a federal initiative it may in fact be in conflict with state law. If it is a state initiative then you would have to assume the left hand knows what the right hand is doing. Anyway this ordinance was pulled. I think the plan is to combine it with another ordinance, one of those mother of all ordinances.


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