Would it be considered ex parte contact to meet with someone who might in the future be planning to apply for a zoning variance, to discuss their plans for the property?
I was contacted by someone today to do so, I assume because I am chairperson of our planning commission, although that reason was never mentioned in the invitation. "We just want to show you what we are doing and could use your brain." The thing that makes this small-townish is that this is from a neighbor and friend of mine, and involves an empty public school building to be used in a commercial manner in an area zoned residential. They have not brought it before the Planning Commission to be re-zoned.
I'm not comfortable with meeting to discuss this as I feel it is improper to do so, but because such a situation has never come up in all the years I've been on the PC I'm not 100% sure what I should do.