the Planning Commission's agenda [for Thursday, March 27] that is normally posted on the web at least by Friday before the following Thursday meeting is not posted at this time (Saturday, 11 am) .... How can democracy take place when the stakeholders are unaware of the details of the proceedings? First the original bill is placed on the consent agenda [of the last Planning Commission meeting] and the public is not allowed to give input, now the agenda will be released late with little time to notify citizens. Is this the best job our city can do to practice democracy?
It is important that neighbors become aware of this new bill and attend this meeting. It is equally important that we insist that the leaders of our city always make the best possible effort to allow our citizens the opportunity to take part in democracy. Allowing our citizens appropriate time for notification in order to have their voices heard would be a good start.
Neighbors are urged to send a letter to the commissioners as well as attend the meeting Thursday, March 27th at 4pm in order to make an impact to their decision. A vote of disapproval from the Planning Commissioners will require more votes from the Metro Council in order to approve the bill.
Please send your letters to the commissioners (as attachments) and emails stating that you will be in attendance to speak regarding the bill to Jennifer.Regen@nashville.gov. She is the Planning Department's staff reviewer of the bill. She will make sure that every commissioner has a copy. The staff's recommendation is to disapprove.
The Donelson-Hermitage Neighborhood Association will be sponsoring a "community meeting" regarding LED and Digital signs in Monday, March 31st at 7pm at the Hermitage Police Precinct on James Kay Lane in Hermitage.
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Association President Questions the Lack of Democracy Behind the Commission's Handling of the LED Bill, Encourages Contact with Planning
This excerpt from a letter written by Susan Floyd, President of the Donelson-Hermitage Neighborhood Association, to her neighbors points to problems perceived in the mishandling of the controversy surrounding Charlie Tygard's LED bill: