H1195, filed by Rep. Maggie Jeffus, raises a defiant middle finger toÃ‚Â theÃ‚Â thousands of hours of work that went into a document that was supposed to guide Greensboro’s land-use for the foreseeable future.Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Adopted by our City Council in 2003, the thing has been pretty much ignored ever since.Ã‚Â Ã‚Â I suppose someone finally decided to dispense with any pretension that the planÃ‚Â is actually, well… a plan.Ã‚Â It should have been called ‘Connection Suggestions 2025.’
Who isÃ‚Â that ‘someone’, I wonder?Ã‚Â The bill is short and to the point and has the smell ofÃ‚Â TREBIC all over it.
“Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Greensboro City Council and the Greensboro Zoning Commission are not required to make findings of fact as to whether their respective decisions are in compliance with the City’s comprehensive plan when either body votes on a zoning request.”
Amazing… really.Ã‚Â If this bill passes, and future plan changes don’t require a formal ‘findings of fact’, the City of Greensboro will have successfully relinquished control of its future growthÃ‚Â to the whims and wants of developers and the considerable sway they hold over many of ourÃ‚Â elected officials.
Update: Councilman Tom Phillips, in the comments at the Scoop… “…The Council will still debate the merits of any proposed change in the plan but we won’t have to read some boiler plate findings that are provided to us.”