The Glendale, Arizona, city council has approved a new and innovative Citizen Participation Ordinance that will help to ensure that both developers and citizens have adequate opportunities to discuss, understand, and try to resolve neighborhood issues related to proposed development projects before the projects are scheduled for formal public hearings.
The new ordinance, which became effective on September 20, 1997, will require applicants requesting a general plan amendment, rezoning, conditional use permit, variance, development master plan, or preliminary subdivision plat plan in the city of Glendale to prepare a citizen participation plan, implement the plan, and report the results before going to public hearing.
Applicants will be able to meet with city planners, to customize their citizen participation plans to fit the specific needs of their projects. At this writing, a comprehensive handbook and guidelines on how to develop and implement a citizen participation plan are being prepared by the city and will be handed out at an open house later this year to kick off the new Good Neighbor Program.
Glendale Planning Director Dean Svoboda says that the intention of the ordinance is to open a dialogue between the applicant and the neighborhood at an early stage in the public review …