I need your HELP in determining the future vision of our city. Your comments are needed NOW on the next section of the regional plan, environment & conservation. Please have comments to me by September 8th on this section. Last night proved how important your comments are.
At last nights meeting I presented dozens of suggestions for amendments to the draft regional plan. These are suggestions I have received from dozens of flagstaff residents over the past two weeks.
Your opinion matters and for those who have felt shut out of the 4 year regional plan process, now is your opportunity to be a part of it. At last nights meeting YOUR suggestions and comments were heard, but it wasn’t easy.
I was shocked last night when it was suggested that comments and amendments should be made in writing rather than during the public meeting. Inclusive, I think not.
It was even suggested that staff would determine which of these suggestions would then be debated to which I reminded them that Council sets policy, not staff. This idea would completely defeat the concept that this is “our plan” and that this is a “broad process”. It was also suggested by staff that we limit council comments to 15 minutes. It was also implied comments I made were mine alone and not those of Flagstaff residents, when in fact the vast majority of the comments I made were from constituents just like you. Keep them coming!
My argument was simple, if this is “our plan” we must include a broad spectrum of comments and ideas and by doing so we are not disrespecting the process, as was suggested by a board member of Friends of Flagstaff’s Future, but honoring it.
I appreciate Council-members Brewster, Woodson and Mayor Nabours supporting an open and inclusive process, just as it should be.
I ask that you email me your thoughts on the next section which will be discussed Tuesday September 10th. I also ask that you share your thoughts with Council, especially since it was implied that the comments I made were not representing the community. Let Council know your thoughts on this plan and that you want your comments to be included in the plan. You can do this by emailing Council and showing up at the meetings. If you don’t, you will have a plan that may not be yours but someone else’s plan for you.
Every week I will bring your comments and suggestions to Council. Every week I will fight to make the regional plan “our plan” and not the plan of a small select group. Please join with me!