Tonight the council unanimously confirmed the appointment of former Councilman Chris Whitson to the Metro Board of Zoning Appeals.
Dean’s appointment of Whitson upset some council members and neighborhood leaders because the attorney lives in Belle Meade, which is not subject to Metro zoning laws, and he took some stances on the council that some viewed as anti-neighborhoods.
“Mr. Whitson on a number of occasions opposed efforts by neighborhoods to protect themselves from incompatible development,” Lane Easterly, treasurer of the Nashville Neighborhood Defense Fund, wrote to Dean on Monday.
Whitson said he understands that his role on the zoning board is to interpret and apply existing laws rather than making new ones.
Tuesday, April 01, 2008
From Michael Cass: