My Town Manager has had it with Councilors not supporting Boards or staff in zoning - that is, not upholding on appeal due to legal bills, doing consent agreement (where you buy your violation) so he asked the question to me that stumped me:
Has any project been improved because of zoning?
I gave some push back to say it's a tough call because it's a "what if" question that can't be answered but it is an interesting question...
plus, the Planning Board has been forced to approve project that do not meet master plans and the like...
Does it really help?
It makes me want to go to a form-based code actually and he and I talked about what that means so maybe this philosophical discussion will lead to something cool