Posted by Councilman Bobby Henon on April 29, 2017 at 10:02 AM
The transcripts from the community call with RCO leaders on April 20, 2017, about Bill 170285 is now available.
170285 will be heard in Rules Committee this Friday.
The existing RCO processes are designed to ensure communities are engaged and given a strong voice in the zoning appeals process. But the existing system needs three important changes, which are accomplished through this bill.
- This bill would require that wards meet all these same requirements to be an RCO, which includes having an adopted statement of purpose concerning zoning, a finite geographic region that defined in governing rules, regular open meetings that are publicly announced through media and leadership chosen by a body at large.
- Second, currently, the Planning Commission issues regulations on how groups register as RCO. This bill expands the oversight of Planning, allowing them, through a process, to un-register a group if they are failing to meet requirements of being an RCO and explicitly allows Planning to design a code of conduct.
- Third, this bill proposes a 300’ radius and clarifies that this radius is to capture any parcel that is within 300’ of any part of the boundaries of the appealing parcel, rather than from the center point—to avoid a large parcel having few neighbors.
I continue to solicit feedback about this legislation. Please email me or call my office (215-686-2078) if you have specific suggestions for the ways that this legislation should be improved. I appreciate your interest and willingness to work with me.