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Council: Give more power to the planning commission

Original post made on Oct 21, 2010

Council members said Tuesday that the city's largely powerless environmental planning commission should be given the authority to approve small development projects and have an expanded role as the "keepers" of the city's planning policies.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, October 21, 2010, 12:18 PM

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Posted by jane
a resident of North Whisman
on Oct 21, 2010 at 2:32 pm

I am not sure how those functions relate to environmental planning. I guess I don't really understand what an environment planning commissioner should be doing. But it sounds odd to me that they would approve small planning projects, issue conditional use permits and make certain zoning changes. WHen I think of environmental planning, I imagine concerns about groundwater, or trees, or compliance issues, so many it it appropriate. What does this commission do now?

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Posted by Steve C
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Oct 21, 2010 at 4:42 pm

Just what we need! another layer of non-elected government.

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Posted by Dick
a resident of Whisman Station
on Oct 21, 2010 at 9:46 pm

@jane: Environment hear means your surroundings in general, not nature and environmentalism. The EPC would be called the "planning commission" in other cities. It mainly has to do with development permits, zoning, etc.

There was an article a few weeks ago that "environmental" was added to the name to imply that they would review things like parking lots and not just buildings.

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Posted by Jes' Sayin'
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Oct 21, 2010 at 10:55 pm

What's the size of the pension she's collecting from Mountain View and how much additional salary coming in from Atherton? Isn't this double dipping one of the causes of our state deficit?

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Posted by old resident
a resident of St. Francis Acres
on Oct 22, 2010 at 11:35 am

In 1984, the Environmental Planning Commission drafted the Fresh Air Ordinance (i.e. No Smoking), held controversial public hearings, and sent the ordinance to the City Council where it passed. It was done under the "Environmental" imperative. The current EP commissioners should show some initiative and take responsibility for the city's planning vision. (Justr as the Parks Commission should develop a city-wide vision for the city parks.)

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Posted by Todd Fernandez
a resident of Waverly Park
on Oct 22, 2010 at 5:00 pm

@old resident - In fact, the article states that the EPC is taking responsibility for the city's planning vision ("Currently the commission is busy with its most ambitious undertaking as of late, as it reviews a voluminous update to the city's general plan, a blueprint for future development city-wide.") and is taking the initiative to find a way to help make the city's development review processes more efficient and responsive ("giving decision-making authority to the commission could help streamline the planning process by reducing the "duplication" of effort among the various bodies that govern planning in Mountain View.").

Similarly, the PRC has already developed a city-wide vision for Mountain View's parks and open space. It's documented in the recently updated Parks and Open Space Plan 2008, which is available on the city's website at Web Link .

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