Does anybody have a problem with a planning director, Mayor, or City Council who favors privatizing many planning functions? I just found out that the Mayor wants to privatize the site plan review and zoning departments. I wonder if he thinks that we do not do a good job? Are consultants more qualified that us?
Whenever a new and important task comes along, it is given to a high-paid, suburban consultant who makes much more than the planners who work for the City. I feel like they are saying to the planners that we are not competent to handle the most important stuff – that we can only do the day-to-day administration and bureaucratic paper pushing. A new neighborhood plan or waterfront park – give it to a consultant! This is the first time that they have discussed privatizing a day to day activity like zoning.
I have seen the bills, and the consultants cost a lot more that the in-house planners. We have so many good planners who went into the public sector because they truly care for the City; who are as qualified if not more qualified than the consultants.
Can anybody explain this to me?