Compared to the size of the Environmental/Conservation section of the Regional Plan (19 pages and about 4,500 words), I have asked for very few edits, 24 edits, many of them minor. It was insinuated though, by one one of my colleagues, that I am trying to make it so this document fails when it is voted on. I feel I am doing my job and reading this document and trying to make it better so it does pass. As written, in my opinion, it will fail.
This is “your plan” continuously rings through my head while I am working on this.
Here are my suggestions for the Environmental and Conservation section of the Regional Plan.
Get involved, next meeting September 17th at 7:00PM, City Hall.
IV-1 EDIT SUGGESTION
-‘Our vision’ add “while preserving private property rights”
-place these IV 8-9 in appendix.
-Also suggest the following edits under the green hi lighted “considerations for development”
-#2. Add “developers may want to” to beginning of sentence.
-#4 and #5 ADD suggestive/encouraging language to both sentences.
-PLACE a disclaimer on these two pages that these are suggestions not policy.
IV10. Air Quality
-EDIT SUGGESTION. ADD “while preserving private property rights” to the last sentence of first paragraph.
– REMOVE 2nd and 3rd paragraphs. Seems like political statements.
– policy EC 1.1″engage public agencies concerned with the improvement of air quality” STRIKE THE REST of 1.1
– policy EC 1.2. STRIKE
– policy EC 1.4. STRIKE. EVERY INDUSTRY POLLUTES TO SIME DEGREE.
-Policy EC 1.5. STRIKE
IV 12 Climate Change
-Third paragraph STRIKE “For the purposes of the Flagstaff Regional Plan, how we develop land and transition to compact development and walkable communities will have the biggest impact on our reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and mitigating climate change through local action”
– policy EC2.1. Add language such as “while recognizing the importance of fossil fuels….”
– policy EC3.2. STRIKE
-policy EC 4.2. STRIKE. In direct conflict with goals to pipe water in from Red Gap.
IV13. Dark Skies
-Last paragraph of page #2. STRIKE PROP 207 and property rights issues.
IV15. Ecosystem Health
-Policy EC 6.5. Needs property rights protection wording.
-Policy EC6.8. STRIKE “shall” and replace with “may”
IV16. Sensitive lands
-Policy EC7.2. STRIKE “favor”and replace with “consider”
Under Natural Quiet
-EDIT. “Future development should address…” STRIKE “address” and replace with “consider”
-Policy EC8.1. Add “endeavor to” (encouraging language)
-Policy EC 9.2 Add “endeavor to” (encouraging language)
IV 19 wildlife.
-Policy EC10.3. Add (encouraging language)