By: Diane Benjamin
Usually some business comes before a Planning Commission if they need zoning changed for a specific business. This time it is the Normal staff requesting changes to zoning at One Normal Plaza. (More proof staff runs the Town, not the Council) Please note, government plans usurp capitalism and are destined to fail because their plans use your money, not their own.
Last summer the area residents organized to oppose alcohol in One Normal Plaza for many reasons. It is a park with day care and a school. Kids have sports there on the large fields. The roads are narrow and not constructed for heavy traffic. Nearby residents are also concerned about additional traffic affecting their property values if alcohol is allowed.
If the “professional staff” really cared about One Normal Plaza, why is Nick Africano not being held responsible under the contract the Town signed with him? (see capitalism note above: government FAIL!) https://blnnews.com/2020/03/06/one-normal-plaza-and-nick-africano/
Julie Hile and her “partner” Bob Broad own property in One Normal Plaza. Bob is on the Planning Commission and will recuse himself from the discussion. Julie appeared before the Planning Commission last June, the minutes fail to reflect her comments. She wants to be able to walk to an establishment in ONP and partake in “libations” with family and friends after work:
Long time readers know Julie Hile and Bob Broad are best buddies with the Town. They own Normandy Village, both have a financial interest in the area. If they want a zoning change why aren’t they petitioning the Planning Commission themselves?
The area residents have an even greater financial interest since many are seniors who need their stable property values. The Town only sent notices of this meeting to people within 400 feet, not all of the people who gathered last summer. AJ Zimmerman, failed Trustee candidate and chair of the Planning Commission, campaigned for office against the residents not wanting alcohol. He should recuse himself too.
The Planning Commission will be meeting Thursday August 5th, 5:00 pm in the Council Chambers. Those opposed to alcohol in the park need to be there if only to support those who will be speaking. If area residents don’t show up the Planning Commission will approve the Town plan and send it to the Council where the vote will be 6-1 in favor.
It’s up to you.
Just hit PLAY to hear Hile’s entire comment, she was the first person allowed to speak: