A FOURTH PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING has been called for TONIGHT, THURSDAY, FEB. 11, 6:30pm. Public comment is now closed, but it will be just as important to fill the chamber with concerned residents and regional support. Be there if you can! Arrive early to get a seat in Council Chambers.
Tonight, the first portion of the meeting will be given over to City staff and consultants. According to Community Development Director Christina Ratcliffe, City staff will begin by discussing new materials given to Commissioners last night. City Attorney Heather McLaughlin, notably absent during Commission procedings to date, was observed midway through the evening Wednesday delivering a huge stack of documents, presumably for Commissioners’ review. It stands to reason that these documents will have further comments and instructions having to do with federal “preemption.”
City staff will also take time in the opening portion of tonight’s meeting to answer questions put to staff previously during the hearings, to which staff had responded that they would need to “look into it.”
Commissioners will no doubt interact with staff with further questions and clarifications, so it is likely Commissioners will not move into their final deliberations until – anybody’s guess – an hour or two (or three or four) go by. Those deliberations and final statements are likely to take some time as well. Director Ratcliffe advised Commissioners to bring their calendars to Thursday’s meeting, in case they need to schedule yet another continuation at a “date certain.”