I am proposing a checklist be compiled for Variances that come before our Planning Commission members. This would be specifically aimed at helping new members.
What should be included in such a checklist?
Is there already a specific checklist somewhere that could be used as a guide?
I will propose to do another checklist for Site Plan Reviews and one for Re-Zoning. Those three seem to be the most common items that come before us.
I think the objective is not to duplicate Planning Director reviews, but in some way to help us understand what our role is, and to assure the city that the Planning Director has reviewed the application sufficiently and his recommendation is complete and fair. Our Planning Commission does not have final determination, but only makes recommendations to the Mayor and Board of Aldermen for their final decision.