Subject: FW: Public Hearing Notice - Case No. CA14-06 -proposed amendment to SRC Chapter 6 to amend certain Planning Commission membership requirements
Date: Sun, 28 Sep 2014 10:49:43 -0700FELLOW BOARD MEMBERS:
I'm forwarding this to you for possible action by the CANDO Board by October 7.
This is a notice of public hearing on proposed amendments to the Salem Revised Code that would increase from one to two the number of members of the city's 7 member Planning Commission of who are engaged in real estate sales or development. The amendment also would increase from one to two the number of members of the Commission who are engaged in the same trade, business or profession.
The notice does not identify ANY problem that these proposed amendments would resolve. The stated reason for the change is that a state statute permits up to two members of the same profession on a city planning commission and most other cities the size Salem allow two, but, Salem restricts it to one. In other words, Salem's current code complies with state law. Here's what the applicable state statute says:227.030 Membership. (1) Not more than two members of a city planning commission may be city officers, who shall serve as ex officio nonvoting members.(2) A member of such a commission may be removed by the appointing authority, after hearing, for misconduct or nonperformance of duty.(3) Any vacancy in such a commission shall be filled by the appointing authority for the unexpired term of the predecessor in the office.(4) No more than two voting members of the commission may engage principally in the buying, selling or developing of real estate for profit as individuals, or be members of any partnership, or officers or employees of any corporation, that engages principally in the buying, selling or developing of real estate for profit. No more than two members shall be engaged in the same kind of occupation, business, trade or profession.
The Planning Commission has broad powers, and diversity of viewpoints is important, particularly on a 7-member Commission. An increase from one to two of the Commission members who are engaged in the same profession substantially reduces that diversity. Given that fact, the problem I have with the proposed amendment is -- as I point out above -- there's no identified problem that it seeks to address.
The public hearing on the proposed amendment is October 7. Based solely on the information in this notice, I think that the CANDO Board should take a position in opposition to the proposed amendment. However, the "staff report" on the proposed amendment has not been issued yet and will come out next week. I will forward that to you when I get it, and, we can decide then whether to take a position or not.
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