A testament to the ineptness and inefficiency possible when public officials condone violation of state and local statutes; the November 23, 2010 Zoning Board of Appeals meeting. Conducting three hearings, none an enforcement decision appeal, the ZBA concluded two with postponement, and the third with authorization of variance effective only while applicant/development was not subject to the requirements. Hours of discussion is likely the least of resources expended by the ZBA, city staff and the applicants.
City code vests site plan review and special use permit authorization with the planning commission. The zoning board of appeals is empowered to hear and decide appeals of enforcement decisions. Had these cases been administered as prescribed by city code it is likely the ZBA would have avoided postponement for additional discussion of cases ZBA-13-2010 and ZBA-16-2010; and, the absurdity of authorizing variance effective if ordinance requirement is inapplicable would have been recognized, eliminating case ZBA-15-2010.
How much longer the city commission will foster violation of state and local statutes remains uncertain. Commenting in the July 8, 2010 Morning Sun JonJoslin indicates the city has been aware and condoning violation for six years.
The ZBA meeting is scheduled to be rebroadcast daily at 5 p.m., Sunday and Monday at 8 p.m. for 2 weeks. Video of the meeting is typically available beyond 2 weeks at mactvnetwork.org.
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ZBA November 23, 2010