By: Diane Benjamin
The Planning Commission delayed sending the new zoning ordinance to the Council over concerns in historic districts.
What you need to see are the minutes from their last meeting. They aren’t listed separately on the City website, but they are included in the packet for yesterday’s meeting. http://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=20520
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City Planner Katie Simpson stated Zoning is the tool to implement the Comprehensive Plan.
The Comprehensive Plan was based on Bring It On Bloomington which was a survey of citizens conducted by the McLean County Regional Planning Commission. The goal was 10% citizen participation, they got 1.5%.
That means the opinions of an extreme minority of citizens are being used to shape the future of Bloomington using whatever boot government chooses to crush what doesn’t comply with the PLAN.
PDF pages 6 and 7 have public comments from three citizens. One about chickens, one about bee hives, and one from the Farm Bureau.
There are references in the minutes to jail time for non-compliance. Evidently it is in the current code but has never been used. Legal suggested removing it. The City has their own Administrative Court with the stated goal of compliance, not fines or worse. It should be removed!
PDF Page 7 has the Commission beehive discussion. Following is the chicken discussion.
PDF page 9 has discussion regarding the number of covered parking spaces required at your house. Of course exceptions were noted, one size fits all never works. Application of the code will be riddled with variances.
On the same page is requirements for businesses to provide covered parking for bicycles. Next up is required landscaping and parking requirements. We won’t know what makes the final version until it’s published.
I’m sure the minutes don’t reflect what occurred in enough detail to really understand what happened. The meetings are held in the Council Chambers where live stream is available but not used. Parts are fascinating reading however. The process of creating government utopia always is.
Is Live Streaming or at least video too difficult?
PDF pages 62 and following have a list of all the properties proposed to be re-zoned.
One more note: The word “grandfathered” is no where in this document.