Remember this back in November:
“Syracuse lawmakers vote themselves the power to override the city planning commission” (Syracuse.com, 11/29/2011)
Lonnie posted about it here on November 22nd. Well, this may be late notice but TONIGHT all of us can do something about it!
Apparently, the Common Councilors who voted 6-3, with very little transparency or public input, to amend the City Charter to be able to inject legislative politics into unanimous City Planning Commission decisions, didn’t get the message from our letters.
Mayor Stephanie Miner is seeking public comment TONIGHT AT CITY HALL on the Common Council’s decision to amend the City Charter for more authority over Planning Commission decisions. The Mayor wants to hear from the public and listen directly to comments to assist in making a decision to act on the City Charter change. She has already come out against it but needs some support from the public for next steps. The vote on the Common Council was veto-proof, but maybe cooler heads will prevail…
The meeting will be at 5:00 p.m. in Council chambers on the 3rd floor of City Hall, 233 E. Washington Street, Syracuse, 13202.
Word on the street has it that the Common Council usurped their authority under the New York State Constitution by neglecting to send this issue for a public referendum. This is because the action was a City Charter change, which might be considered differently under state constitutional law than through the normal local legislative process.
We’ll see what happens and update you on this issue. This could have long-term consequences for sustainable, healthy, and smart development decisions in this City. Our view is that this is just wrong! Head on over to City Hall tonight.
More reading from The Post-Standard / Syracuse.com can be found here, here and here. Again, we urge all interested in smart planning and smart development in this city to OPPOSE this action by the Common Council.