|‘Another layer of bureaucracy’ rejected by RP City Council
Rohnert Park’s City Council has turned down an item it’s had for a few months called Community Impact Reports.
No one’s sure where it originated, not even Darrin Jenkins, city engineer and director of development services.
He indicated proposed legislation like this CIR often come out of legislative halls in Sacramento, but they’re not mandatory unless a county or city endorses them.
In his staff report to the council, Jenkins said, “Staff believes, the general plan, specific plans, planned developments, zoning code, other municipal codes and state laws (including CEQA) are sufficient for the review of proposed development projects.”
The council agreed with Jenkins Oct. 23 after a brief discussion. No vote was taken.
However, mandatory CIRs have not completely vanished in Sonoma County although Healdsburg has rejected them. Jenkins noted opponents of the Deer Creek shopping center on North McDowell and Rainier avenues in Petaluma, have put pressure on the city council to force the Deer Creek developers to file a CIR. As of this point, it hasn’t happened.
Jenkins and the RP City Council are not in favor of them, and the item will no doubt vanish from any RP city hall computers. It’s been described as just “another layer of bureaucracy to the approval process and could provide a way for opponents to block a project before all the information is known.”