AGENDA ITEM #8
November 1, 2016
Bill 41-16, Community Zoning and Land Use Resource Officer
Bill 41-16, Community Zoning and Land Use Resource Officer, sponsored by Lead Sponsor
Councilmember Berliner and Co-Sponsors Councilmembers Hucker and Katz, was introduced on
October 4,2016. A Planning, Housing and Economic Development Committee worksession will
be scheduled at a later date.
Bill 41-16 would replace provisions for a People's Counsel with provisions for a Community
Zoning and Land Use Resource Officer. Since the introduction of Bill 41-16, the sponsor has
come to believe that the Council should not remove the provisions for the Office of People's
Counsel. The sponsor will offer an amendment to Bill 41-16 at the Planning, Housing, and
Economic Development Committee worksession. The amendment would retain all of the
provisions for the Office of the People's Counsel without otherwise changing the content of Bill
41-16 as introduced.
In the sponsor's opinion, the development approval process can be overwhelming for those
responding to the plans of others. A Community Zoning and Land Use Resource Officer would
provide an independent source of information to educate residents on how, when, and where they
may participate in the public approval process for sketch plans, subdivisions, site plans, conditional
use applications, and variances.
Under Bill 41-16, the primary function ofthe Community Zoning and Land Use Resource Officer
would be to: 1) meet with community members to inform them of critical decision points in the
process; 2) educate community members individually or in group meetings on how to develop
effective testimony before decision making bodies; and 3) answer questions concerning zoning
and land use from community members or community organizations. Bill 41-16 would prohibit
the Resource Officer from being a direct participant
any proceeding in the development process.