In November 2018, the resolution creating the special committee to be known as the Zoning and Planning Task Force was passed by the Common Council. The resolution specified that the task force would be made up of the following nine members:
- The chairman of the Planning Board, or a designee
- The chairman of the Zoning Board of Appeals, or a designee
- The chairman of the Historic Preservation Commission, or a designee
- The chairman of the Conservation Advisory Council, or a designee
- The mayor
- The president of the Common Council
- The Code Enforcement officer
- Two members of the Common Council
For four months passed, and no meetings of the task force were scheduled. Then, in March 2019, DePietro announced that a visit from Alexandra Church, the city planner from Newburgh, was to be the "kickoff event" for the Zoning and Planning Task Force. Church made her presentation on April 10, but it kicked off nothing. By this time, however, we did know that Alderman John Rosenthal (Fourth Ward) had been named the chair of the task force, but the identity of the second alderman to serve on the task force remained unknown.
Now, almost one year to the day after DePietro announced the creation of the task force, he has finally announced its first meeting, which is to take place on Thursday, September 5, at 7:00 p.m., in City Hall. So, mark your calendars. It should be noted that the resolution specifies that the Zoning and Planning Task Force "shall operate and exist until December 31, 2019." Time is running out.
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