By. Neil Williamson, President
Despite their significant public engagement efforts on the Comprehensive Plan review, Charlottesville’s Planning Commission can’t seem to get it right. Case in point, their work session agenda
So this Saturday, yes Saturday, the Planning Commission will meet for nearly five hours and THEN hear what the public has to say just before they adjourn. I wish I could say this is an isolated incident, but this has been their work session model for months.
The reality is at the end of each work session the commissioners are worn out and are literally packing their bags while the public has an opportunity to comment. Several substantive comments have been made at the end of these meetings but rarely followed up on.
At the end of a recent meeting, the Free Enterprise Forum posed a simple question, would the by right population density of Charlottesville go up or down under the revised comprehensive plan (and subsequent code changes). They adjourned after public comments and this fundamental question still has not been answered.
Considering the Commission’s stated desire for community involvement, it is sad that in their Comprehensive Plan work sessions they decided to put the public last.
Neil Williamson is the President of The Free Enterprise Forum, a privately funded public policy organization covering the City of Charlottesville as well as Albemarle, Greene, Fluvanna, Louisa and Nelson County.