Wednesday, May 12, 2004
Oak Creek One in every three or four Oak Creek Planning Commission meetings has to be canceled because not enough planning commissioners show up, Planning Commission Chairman Gerry Greenwood said. He hopes to change that.
Tonight, Greenwood will ask the Oak Creek Town Board to advertise and make other efforts to find residents willing to serve on the Planning Commission.
At the same time, Greenwood will ask current planning commissioners whether they want to keep their positions and can commit to the demands of the job. Those who are ready to move on can submit letters of resignation, he said.
The commission needs three members to reach quorum -- of its five members, one has unofficially resigned. At a recent meeting to discuss upcoming hearings on the proposed 70-unit Sierra View subdivision, Greenwood and one other commissioner were present.
"We need to have a Planning Commission that is able to work on planning issues," Greenwood said.
Planning commissioners are appointed by the Town Board to serve four-year terms, said Town Clerk Nancy Crawford. Typically, one member of the Planning Commission is a town trustee, but that is not the case now, Crawford said.
Routt County has a policy that planning commissioners who miss a number of consecutive meetings without valid excuses are asked to leave the board. Oak Creek has not developed such a policy, Greenwood said.
Oak Creek's land-use code is different from most others because it was approved by voters in the early 1980s, and instead of having land-use zones, it has performance districts. That means it is possible to put any use anywhere in town, as long as performance standards such as setbacks are met, Crawford said.
The Planning Commission plays an important part in development in the town because it gives applicants input before they go to the Town Board, it provides an opportunity for public comment, and it gives the Town Board a recommendation on the project, Greenwood said.
Planning Commissioner Tom Bleuer said he got involved a year ago and was contemplating leaving so he could contribute to the town in other ways. But, he said he's committed to staying until a replacement is found.
Bleuer also stressed that he feels the current board has handled all projects that have come through in a "professional way."
In other business, the Town Board will consider changing the municipal code relating to public records and granting a special event liquor license for the Summer Concert Series.
The Oak Creek Town Board meets at 7 p.m. today at Town Hall in Oak Creek.