Clipped From The Corpus Christi Caller-Times
in ask to a comments charged has Ray press fl:30 was the he demonstration 9 Member Appointed By Council Board's Makeup Isn't Balanced, Critics Claim The City Planning Commission Commission which hears rezoning requests requests and makes recommendations recommendations is composed of nine members appointed by the City Council. They serve t h r e terms. The commission also administers administers the platting ordinance and is the final authority unless an appeal is taken. Long range planning, of zoning is a part, is the major duty of the commission. But most of its time is taken up zoning. A frequent criticism leveled against this and past commissions commissions is that the building and related businesses have too much representation. Such per sons usually are committed by philosophy to things that will spur development, such as rezoning rezoning changes. The present commission chair- nan is S. S. Bowling, a retired rear admiral who is general manager of the Texcrete Co. s less easier to be persuaded coning changes than some jers of his commission. The others are Henry J. Annen, Annen, a builder; 0. J. Beck :ontractor; Vaughn Bowen, sstate;' Philip Castaneda, sur- 'eyor and draftsman; David hoover, attorney and businessman; businessman; Ralph Emmord, businessman; businessman; Ira E. Hayley, a builder; and Leo L. Lopez, a home ;r and plans designer. Most commission members lave little or no experience municipal planning when they are appointed--nor are they reeled to. But they do need indoctrination into what it is about. So does the new councilman. councilman. As it is now the council appoints appoints persons to the commission commission and says, in effect, "now plan and zone." There is a professional staff at City Hall to advise the commission. The staff members lament that views fall on deaf ears. (This not to say that the commission should be nothing but a stamp for the staff. It shouldn't; the staff isn't always right is committed to a' professional view that sometimes overlooks practical considerations;) There is open hostility between between some members of the commission and the planning and legal staffs, a feeling that ?oes beyond the bounds of healthy disagreement. Some commission members have been accused of taking active parts in cases in which had a personal interest. This produced some talk at City about drafting a code of ethics under which the commission would operate. Viewing his commission overall, overall, Bowling, the chairman, in a recent interview: "We're doing a pretty fair job. . .it could be a lot worse."