“Is it still 2035?” asked Judy Telge of Bay Area Smart Growth Initiative at the special Planning Commission meeting held August 3, 2016, at City Hall.
“It’s simply going to be called Plan CC,” said Philip Ramirez, Chairman of the Corpus Christi Planning Commission. “Through our work we’ve sought to try to incorporate comments so that it is no longer this or that. It is something unique and taking the best of both worlds and labeling Plan CC. It’s a 20-year comprehensive plan, but it may get modified through time.”
The purpose of this item at the special meeting was to review and discuss the Planning Commission Subcommittee’s recommended changes to the July 2015 draft of Plan CC. According to the meeting’s supporting documents, “The Subcommittee’s suggested changes incorporate City Council members’ comments and other comments made about Plan CC since the Planning Commission’s last review of the plan. The Planning Commission will formulate a recommendation on Plan CC after considering these comments.”
After much discussion among the 6 present commissioners, public comment was allowed. Andy Taubman, a citizen who voiced his concerns with the original document at the May 18 public hearing had this to say: “I want to comment on Plan CC and thank you all very sincerely for your leadership and for your subcommittee leadership. I think it’s come a long way and really reflects a meeting of interests from a lot of parties. I really appreciate that. I found the last discussion with Commissioner Hovda to be totally fascinating because it is a microcosm of what this is and isn’t. Does it represent what we’re already doing and doing more of? Does it try to rule things in or out? Do you read the language and really know what it means now? There were comments as to whether it micro-manages or macro-manages. Does it bring a process forward or not? I think a lot of our issues have been addressed.”
According to the background information provided to the Commission by Development Services, “On August 12, 2015, the City Planning Commission held a public hearing on the July 2015 draft of Plan CC. After reviewing the plan and public comments over the course of three meetings, the Planning Commission finalized its recommendations on Plan CC, which included several edits to the content of the plan. The Planning Commission’s recommendation was forwarded to the City Council.
“On October 13, 2015, the City Council held a public hearing on Plan CC, listened to public comment, and reviewed the Planning Commission’s recommendations. The City Council did not approve the Planning Commission’s recommendations and decided to give each council member the opportunity to submit written comments that would be forwarded to the Planning Commission for consideration. The City Council directed the Planning Commission to reconsider Plan CC in light of their comments. Since the City Council’s review of Plan CC in the Fall of 2015, Staff has also provided suggested revisions to Plan CC based on stakeholder input, which are included in the draft plan for discussion.
“On May 18, 2016, the Planning Commission conducted another public hearing on Plan CC and, after the public hearing was closed, the Planning Commission began to discuss the comments. The Planning Commission continued the item to their June 1st regular meeting. No additional public hearings on Plan CC will be held before the Planning Commission. Following the May 18th public hearing, the Planning Commission voted to create a subcommittee to review Plan CC in light of the City Council members’ comments.”
Ramirez explained, “The intent of this document – should it be approved by Council in some form or fashion as it moves forward – is to set forth through these elements goals and strategies. The implementation part is going to be through the area development plans.” Making reference to the flow chart in the document, Ramirez explained that Plan CC builds upon itself and becomes more complex and detailed as action items are formed. He indicated that strategies that reflect future trends may need to be added to align the actions with the goals outlined in Plan CC.
Note: Follow this link to read the changes made by the Planning Commission.
Retired from education after serving 30 years (twenty-eight as an English teacher and two years as a new-teacher mentor), Shirley enjoys her life with family and friends while serving her community, church, and school in Corpus Christi, Texas. She is the creator and managing editor of The Paper Trail, an online news/blog site that serves to offer new, in-depth, and insightful responses to the events of the day. She also writes and edits for The Texas Shoreline News, a Corpus Christi print newspaper.