[NLC] * Heads Up * Envision Eugene timeline shortened
pconte at picante-soft.com
Sat Feb 26 09:26:05 PST 2011
The scheduled date for City Council to make decisions on "Envision
Eugene" had been moved from March 14 to March 9. The details:
City Council Work Session
Wednesday, March 9 at Noon
A. Envision Eugene (45 minutes)
B. West Eugene Extension of EmX (45 minutes)
Although the Planning Division hasn't made any public announcement of
how this affects the schedule for public involement, here's what
Sarah Medary e-mailed me:
"We may need to move [the decision] again as there may not be a full
council on the evening [sic] of the 9th. ...
So, what does that all mean in regards to how you and others
can weigh in. We will put a revised draft [recommendation] in the
Council's March 4 packet that incorporates the input we have received
to date. We'll continue to take input and surveys through the 7th
and will include those in the presentation on the 9th. You might
remember from an earlier email from Jon that we aren't asking the
City Council for a final decision on the 9th. We're asking them to
approve a proposal that will then go back out for review and comment
for an additional 45 days."
So, if a typical schedule is followed, late next Friday evening you
can go on the City's Web site and find the revised version of the
Draft Recommendations. You then have Saturday, Sunday and Monday to
review it and provide comments that councilors will see at the
beginning of their 45 minute discussion & vote.
It's still not clear exactly what the City Manager intends to add to
the recommendations that he presents to Council. There have been
indications, the recommendations may include one or more quantitative
assumptions about housing mix, residential density or other key
factors, in addition to the "Seven Pillars" and accompanying strategies.
A few thoughts ...
Neighborhood leaders will have to decide for themselves whether this
approach provides their boards and members a reasonable opportunity
to develop well-informed comments on the actual recommendations about
which Council will be asked to make decisions March 9.
As experienced advocates know, the ability of individuals or
organizations to actually effect outcomes is much greater before
Council (or the Planning Commission, etc.) makes "tentative" or
"preliminary" decisions. After such decisions are made, the hill is
much steeper. So the fact that there will be a follow-up period is no
substitute for a reasonable opportunity to be engaged before the
March 9 decisions.
In the past, I've observed Council spend more time on leaf blower
noise and other incidental issues than the 45 minutes being allocated
to each of the hugely important subjects of Envision Eugene and the
West Eugene Extension of EmX. The absurdity of this scheduling is
exacerbated by the major gaps that remain in the supporting analysis
in both areas. Further, in both cases, there is absolutely no
essential requirement to make a decision in March. There's no "hard"
deadline for EE (now that the original February 28 date has long
since been set aside), and LTD has said a decision on the WEEE
alternative could be made as late as June.
If you're not so frustrated by this kind of mismanagement of public
involvement that you've just given up, you might consider sending an
e-mail to MayorAndCC at ci.eugene.or.us requesting both the EE and EmX
decisions be rescheduled to allow reasonable time for the public (and
councilors) to be fully informed and weigh in on these important decisions.
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