Another Round (Table) in the Burnside Battle

Commissioner Adams held a “Round Table” discussion with the stakeholder group and Mayor Potter today.

The new element in the mix was the Bureau of Planning assessment of the project.
Commissioner Adams held a “Round Table” discussion with the stakeholder group and Mayor Potter today.

The new element in the mix was the Bureau of Planning assessment of the project.

The objective of the meeting was to define criteria for deciding whether the couplet is the appropriate approach. Sam asked us to provide feedback on an initial set of criteria his office had drafted. He plans to have PDOT, BOP and PDC then sit down to agree on scoring against the criteria.

While I continue to be frustrated with this process, I have to give Sam credit. He’s the policy wonk’s policy wonk, diving into the details and reviewing the policy options very publicly. This is not unlike what he did with the lobbyist registration proposal when it first met negative feedback (of course, that initiative hasn’t passed Council yet either).

Next step is a Council worksession, maybe next week.

The Mayor didn’t open his mouth until the end when he thanked everyone and said he was still listening and had more questions than answers. He did say however that a decision would be reached, that this wouldn’t hang out there forever.

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