Proposed Comprehensive Plan Amendments for 2012-2013
City Council considers amendments to the City’s Comprehensive Plan every year. Each spring the Council invites proposed amendments from the public and from City departments. In the summer the Council decides which of these proposed amendments it will consider for adoption the next year. This decision creates what is known as the Comprehensive Plan docket. This year the Council has received 15 proposed amendments.
What is the schedule for the decision on the docket?
On July 11, the Committee heard a brief introduction to the proposed amendments.
Also on July 11, at 5:30 PM, there was a public hearing on the proposed amendments.
On July 25, the Committee will discuss a resolution that would place one or more of the amendments on the docket.
On August 8, the Committee will again discuss the resolution and possibly vote on it.
State law generally limits the City to amending the Comprehensive Plan only once each year. So, the City usually bundles several amendments for review and adoption simultaneously. The amendment process takes almost a full year and follows several steps:
Mid-May each year is the cutoff for City Council to receive suggested amendments from City staff or the public. The cutoff for 2012 amendments was May 15, 2012.
Council holds a public hearing and then adopts a resolution in July identifying which of the suggested amendments should have further review.
Staff in DPD analyzes the suggested amendments from the resolution, and in November submits to City Council an ordinance containing the Mayor’s recommended amendments.
Council holds a public hearing on that ordinance and adopts a final amendment ordinance in March.
July 18, 2012
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