Yesterday morning on the McNees Minute on ABC 27, I briefly discussed the role local public officials – such as your municipality’s council members, commissioners or supervisors – have in the development and redevelopment processes for our communities. They play a major role in ensuring our land is developed in a smart, safe and efficient manner that provides for all the needs of a community. I stressed the importance of electing public officials who are willing to trust municipal staff and other consultants. In addition, I touched on why it is important to elect public officials who are willing and able to collaborate with developers and property owners. Finally, I offered that it is equally important for developers and property owners to engage land use professionals who also are collaborative and able to work with elected public officials and municipal staff. Having forward thinking, collaborative people in each of those roles is vitally important to the future development and redevelopment of our communities.
There are many posts on this blog that discuss or analyze the situation where a municipal ordinance has become antiquated. We’ve discussed situations where ordinances just haven’t considered