So, I'm having a hard time understanding how it is that Planning Director Rick Bernhardt (whose Department recommended approval of building a second Downtown on Bells Bend) and Planning Commission Chair Jim McLean (who has cast at least one vote against disapproving the May Town Center plan) are now telling May Town developer Tony Giarratana that the commission will entertain his request to rehear his team's proposal after the Planning Commission failed to muster the needed 6 votes to recommend approval.
Here is an excerpt of the Bernhardt's letter via the Tennessean:
In accordance with the adopted Rules and Procedures of the Metropolitan Planning Commission ... your request has been reviewed for merit by Chairman McLean and myself. Without making a final determination on the issue, we do not find at this time that the request is completely without merit. Therefore it will be place don the Planning Commission's agenda for consideration.I genuinely would like to know exactly what merits Tony Giarrantana's letter has that other party's--in enduring long meetings, late hours, and meeting confusion--requests do not have. If the Planning Commission is indeed going to make a decision for rehearing on the basis of reason alone and not because of the power and money at stake in the May Town Center decision, the Planning Director and the Commission Chair should articulate the reasons for this decision and their claims and warrants should stand for fall by no other power than that of the better argument.