Thursday, August 17, 2006
Inspired by the late Johnny Cochran's success with OJ, Rick Bishop(AICP), a California planner, has some poetic suggestions at plaetizen.com for his colleagues when they testify in public: The idea is to come up with a short sound bite that gets repeated:
"Have a City Council that is sprawl-oriented? Hey, 'It's no offense to approve something dense.' Conversely, is the Council approving too many units? Try 'Stop the propensity for an intensity of density.'
Having trouble getting a planning commission to understand the complex nature of granting a height variance? Try "If it doesn't reduce sight, the new height is alright.' "
Since most local officials will not bother reading their stacks of paperwork, the bottom line should be a rhyme.