Posted by jm, a resident of the Evergreen Park neighborhood, on Jun 21, 2012 at 1:31 pm
Last minute changes that didn't go through the Planning Commission?
Sounds like Alma Plaza and the JJ&F all over again.
How come a developer is allowed to make last minute changes that are substantive enough to be deemed okay by Amy French but is not sent back to the Planning Commission review?
Here's the new "zoning" rules for developers to build huge buildings that don't comply with the zoning rules the rest of us have to comply with.
1) Present an application to the Planning Department for a massive new building with a vague proposal there will be a public benefits, that the city doesn't enforce anyway. Be prepared to have to bargain down some square footage.
2) Keep going back to the Planning Commission (who review all requests for exceptions to zoning requirements) and refuse to cut back on the square footage. Instead make minor tweaks and go back to the Planning Commission again.
3) Repeat enough times and then blame the Planning Commission for punitive delays and abusing his right to build what he wants.
4) Circumvent the Planning Commission and go right to the City Council who will cave because he knows they always do.
5) Congratulate self for manipulating City Council for getting more than he expected in the first place anyway.