The Village Manager asked me yesterday to provide a tutorial for a local reporter who doesn't understand zoning. When I called the reporter to set up a meeting, she told me that she doesn't really need a tutorial on zoning. She is covering a neighboring community who is in the process of updating their zoning ordinance and wants me to help her understand what the zoning amendments "really mean". The reporter says that she thinks there’s something afoot with the zoning amendments and doesn’t believe the local government line.
I’m not sure how to handle the request. I agreed to meet with the reporter, but I don’t want to arm chair quarterback a zoning ordinance in a neighoring community. I know they’re going through some serious growing pains.
The local newspaper has turned into a bit of a yellow-journalism rag due to staff cutbacks - helping out the journalist may help my village and my department receive better coverage, but I don't want to cause another planning department pain!
What would you do?