By: Diane Benjamin
Ever since Tari was first elected, a never-ending supply of Master Plans covering everything in Bloomington has been produced at great expense. In order to get Council support they were sold as “advisory”. They never were meant to be advisory, they are considered law. The hard-core leftist on the current Council frequently ask if proposals comply with whatever plan is applicable.
The City currently has 13 Master Plans: http://www.cityblm.org/government/advanced-components/documents/-folder-107
That link doesn’t include the 242 page Comprehensive Plan done by the McLean County Regional Planning Commission based on Bring It On Bloomington. MCRPC wanted 10% of the population to participate, only 1.5% did. This document is considered the bible to Bloomington.
Information on the study: https://blnnews.com/2014/09/19/bring-it-on-bloomington-flops/
Link to the Comprehensive Plan: http://www.cityblm.org/home/showdocument?id=12032
So what starts tomorrow?
The all Tari appointed Planning Commission is holding a hearing on changes to zoning. Remember back in September when the Council talked about rezoning downtown? https://blnnews.com/2018/09/26/bloomington-downtown-zoning-delusional/
Zoning for downtown has been replaced by rezoning the entire City.
The plan is 246 pages: http://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=20438
This is a link to the proposed zoning map that is close to incomprehensible: http://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=20440
Even after downloading the map and viewing it on a large monitor, I found most of it unreadable.
Government control never works because they are not capable of rapidly responding to changing conditions. The private sector is because they have to.
See PDF page 5 of the 246 page document. It lists THREE zoning types for single family homes. Why? The document doesn’t say. It lists TWO types of multi-family zoning, again not defined. I’m sure they have a completely logically explanation, what it amounts to is CONTROL.
Play a little game. This is a link to the 2017 map: http://www.cityblm.org/home/showdocument?id=16246
Open the proposed map too. Flip between the two. Taxpayers paid to turn map 1 into map 2. Why?
If you want to know, go to the Public Hearing tomorrow: