Bloomington Waiving Moratorium for friends?

By:  Diane Benjamin On the agenda for Monday night is a public hearing on next years budget.  PDF page 163 has a brief summary that says next to nothing:  http://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=21243 If you want to see details, go here:  http://www.cityblm.org/government/departments/finance/annual-budget Also on the Agenda: PDF page 166: Allowing exceptions to the moratorium on video gaming! The […]

Chickens, bees, bikes, and plants

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 PDF page […]

New Zoning based on faulty information!

By:  Diane Benjamin 8 of the 9 aldermen heard an hour and a half recap of the proposed zoning changes last night.  David Sage was absent, of course with no explanation.  Most people don’t need to listen to 1 1/2 hours, it got much more interesting when the alderman got to ask questions.  To hear […]

Bloomington rushes zoning, WHY?

By:  Diane Benjamin The zoning changes Bloomington has been working on since 2016, and paid $125,000 to a consultant for, are being heard and voted on TONIGHT! No, tonight isn’t a regular meeting, it isn’t even a Committee of the Whole.  It’s a Special meeting called only for the zoning changes. Two hours and twenty […]

One you must see to believe!

By:  Diane Benjamin The below is from the Planned Unit Developments section of Bloomington’s proposed zoning changes http://www.cityblm.org/home/showdocument?id=19956 Public Health means walking or biking, cars aren’t allowed.  Safety?  How safe is Constitution Trail? This one is funny:  Morals Brought to you by the same people  hosting the Naked Magicians at the BCPA.    https://blnnews.com/2018/08/22/women-evidently-this-is-for-you/ Evidently the […]

Bloomington Downtown Zoning Delusional

By:  Diane Benjamin The proposed Zoning changes cover a lot of ground, but let’s start with downtown.  Obviously everything the City does revolves around putting lipstick on this pig.  This map is included in the documentation:      http://www.cityblm.org/home/showdocument?id=19954 The Purple proposed to be D2. The Green proposed to be D1 Light Blue proposed to be […]

Bloomington’s Decline

By:  Diane Benjamin A lot of America has a booming economy, but not Illinois and certainly not Bloomington.  Removing government obstructions allows the private sector to grow, expand, and start new businesses.  If you aren’t the “right fit” here, don’t bother. Ever since Tari Renner was first elected, Master Plans have been created for everything.  […]

FORM BASED CODE – AGAIN?

Tonight, at a Work Session prior to the regular Bloomington City Council Meeting, the Council will be presented with, review and determine, at the suggestion of the McLean County Regional Planning Commission, a proposed project scope for the updating of our City’s Comprehensive Plan. You may read this agenda item at the following link: http://www.cityblm.org/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=2123 . Within that Project […]

Unguarded City-CityWatch Report #2

February 5, 2012 WHAT IF OUR ELECTED OFFICIALS WEREN’T DOING THEIR JOBS? You might ask why and how that might happen? What if they weren’t aware of what their jobs were? What their duties were?  Or, what their obligations were? These are all very valid questions, especially if we, the citizens, aren’t aware of what their […]