The City Planning and Development Department is implementing a code amendment to the public engagement process for development in the city.
*City Council approved the ordinance at a hearing on Thursday, June 27, 2019. The ordinance is effective October 1, 2019.
This ordinance aims to provide a setting for an applicant and citizens to engage in a constructive dialogue about a land use or development proposal with community impacts. The purpose of the proposed amendment is to:
- codify engagement requirements that will result in developers engaging with neighborhoods early in the process
- give neighborhoods an an opportunity communicate feedback to developers and resolve any conflicts prior to a public hearing
- set clear benchmarks so there are consistent expectations for all project applicants
- create a streamlined process where city staff is able to ensure engagement requirements are met before a public hearing in front of CPC or City Council
Staff worked with the development community and neighborhood associations to draft the ordinance and do not anticipate these changes resulting in a longer process, but rather, a more streamlined process that ensures conversations between neighborhoods and developers.