Metro Planning and Design Services Director Phil Bills http://wfpl.org en City Mulls Charging Neighborhood Groups for Night Zoning Hearings http://wfpl.org/post/city-mulls-charging-neighborhood-groups-night-zoning-hearings <p>Under a new proposal, Louisville Metro Government would bill neighborhood groups approximately $3,000 to hold zoning hearings in their affected communities.</p><p>The Metro Planning Commission often holds special meetings at neighborhood venues in the evenings when residents and developers clash over controversial new projects or developments.</p><p>But city officials says rising costs for things such as a court reporter, recording equipment and security are harder to pay for in lean budget times.</p><p>"We've gotten to the point where in the past couple of years our budget has gone down quite a bit," says Metro Planning and Design Services Director Phil Bills. "And a lot of places we go to are not convenient for video or audio recording. In our downtown location we have that equipment, but when we go out we have to hire a court reporter and that's up to $1,500 alone."</p><p>The idea was <a href="http://agendas.louisvilleky.gov/SIREPub/cache/2/njlrlpp4h1zivini2njolcvw/74862704012013014407424.PDF">discussed briefly at the Metro Planning Commission</a> last Friday, and the proposal has been tabled.</p><p>Attorney Stephen Porter represents OPEN Louisville and other preservationist groups in zoning cases. He says neighborhood leaders object to the idea because it burdens residents and favors developers Mon, 01 Apr 2013 19:04:49 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 4773 at http://wfpl.org City Mulls Charging Neighborhood Groups for Night Zoning Hearings