We support continued semi-monthly meetings of the City Planning Commission and monthly meetings of the County Planning Commission. To facilitate citizen involvement, regular and timely announcements should be made preceding the meetings and attempts should be made to secure regular positions in the newspaper for these announcements.
Any proposal affecting the City or County plans should be announced in the newspaper and presented at regular Planning Commission meetings. There should be many means by which each citizen can easily obtain a copy of the plans and/or proposed actions. Meetings where more than one governmental group is involved should likewise be publicized to all affected parties.
We believe that, in addition to hearings prescribed by state law, there should be a mechanism for calling additional hearings by either the public or governing bodies.
The City Council and the County Board of Commissioners should adopt capital improvements program budgets annually with the procedure being the same as for their regular annual budgets. Citizens should participate in the capital improvements program through public hearings.
The County should encourage townships to adhere to minimum standards for zoning ordinances and subdivision regulations and to enforce building and housing codes.
The League believes that Planning Departments should be staffed by professionals and that planning should have a high priority in governmental budgets.