May 14 PLUC Summary & Observations

Can’t say I enjoyed the PLUC meeting this morning – I’m also not feeling well today, so that didn’t help. I did find it amusing though that staff were chatting amongst themselves beforehand about how they thought it would be a quick one. Council sure proved them wrong (1.5 hours) despite the short agenda. I even tweeted at one point:

PLUC Frustration

So what happened this morning? Here is the video if so inclined.  Continue reading May 14 PLUC Summary & Observations

May 14 PLUC Early Thoughts

The agenda for this week’s PLUC has lost one of it’s major projects since it was published last Thursday, but that’s ok because it’s less work for us to do. It is curious to note however that the item (a combined OCP amendment and rezoning on Caledonia)  was removed “as per applicant’s request”. I’m curious as to why?

So what else is on the agenda?

Continue reading May 14 PLUC Early Thoughts

April 30 PLUC Summary & Observations

It was interesting meeting this morning with a varied agenda. There were big complex projects up for discussion and there was also a number of other interesting policy issues that were discussed. Video of the meeting is hereContinue reading April 30 PLUC Summary & Observations

April 16 PLUC Summary & Observations

For the first time in a while, this was a meeting that actually took up the time allowed to it – more even. Based on past practice I had assumed they would be done by 10am and had booked an appointment for 11am. Boy was I wrong as the meeting itself continued until nearly noon. Consequently, my Sunday afternoon was spent watching the remainder of it.  Continue reading April 16 PLUC Summary & Observations

April 16 PLUC Early Thoughts

It is a big agenda for the PLUC meeting tomorrow. The last PLUC meeting was nearly a month ago on March 19th and so lots of applications have started working their way down the approval pipe.

What do we have tomorrow?

Continue reading April 16 PLUC Early Thoughts

March 19 PLUC Summary & Observations

I got approached by Katie Hamilton, Director Citizen Engagement and Strategic Planning after the meeting. She first asked that I not tweet about staff, and then she sat down to ask how I was doing and inquire about my long term plans. She seemed  very nice and genuine but she caught me off guard and this led only to awkward rambly mumbles from my side.

It also made me forget what I wrote about her the other day.  Continue reading March 19 PLUC Summary & Observations

March 19 PLUC – Early Thoughts

It is a decently sized agenda for PLUC on Thursday, with a number of items that should warrant significant conversation. That said, I’m disinclined to think that much discussion will occur because staff involvement and guidance seem to have hit a new low this week – as evidenced in the abysmal level of supporting information available for big items. Continue reading March 19 PLUC – Early Thoughts