A motion was approved at the
March 1, 2006 CANA meeting to recommend that the Albany Common Council not
approve a resolution (03.12.06R) that was proposed and held on
that would designate The
Planning Board as the Developing Agency. Instead
asks that the Council appoint a broad-based committee to be the lead agency in
developing a comprehensive plan with the intent of giving more control to the
council and elected officials. The
Planning Board has no particular expertise in this area.
The Planning Board meetings are difficult to access and public comments
are not accepted. The Board is an
administrative body with expertise in zoning law; the Common Council is a
creative body that is diverse and representative.
When making appointments to special advisory bodies, the Council
advertises, contacts community groups, gathers letters and resumes and
interviews candidates. However, the
enabling legislation may contain specific requirements.
If the Council appoints, Ms. Morris would suggest planning board and BZA
ís task force hopes that
Common Council direct leadership will signal the importance of the effort.
Harold Rubin will advise Common Council members of
's decision not to recommend
approval of the draft resolution.