Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Change in the Air?

Here's something intriguing posted among the business measures to be considered for the City Council's November 15 public hearing docket.

Under Reports and Recommendations of the City Manager is the following item:

Public Hearing on the following Charter Amendments:

1. An amendment to authorize City Council to set limits on the terms of members it appoints to City boards, committees, authorities, councils, task forces, work groups and commissions;

2. An amendment to require that applicants for land use or land development approvals before the City Council, Planning Commission, Boards of Architectural Review, and Board of Zoning Appeals disclose all investors in the proposed land use or land development approval prior to the hearing by the applicable body;

3. An amendment to require that applicants for land use or land development approvals before the City Council, Planning Commission, Boards of Architectural Review, and Board of Zoning Appeals disclose any current or previous (within 12 months) financial interest (including campaign contributions if so requested in the proposed Charter Bill) involving the applicants, agents and/or investors, with any of the individual members of the applicable body; and

4. An amendment to allow Council to prohibit current or previous (within 12 months) campaign contributions from applicants, agents and/or investors involved in land use or land development approvals before the City Council.
Faithful readers may want to re-read the Growler's posting from March 2007 on campaign finance. It's all the more timely, as we are coming up on a Council election in the spring of 2009.