Few had legal 10-day notice
September 15, 2004
We read with interest the memo by Tom Perkins that master plan amendments require at least 10 days notice under state law.
The Douglas County Planning Commission agenda published by the county in The Record-Courier the week before the meeting has been considered adequate notice by the county in the past.
However, there are two examples where the master plan amendments were not given the 10-day notice in just the past two months.
The notice for the two-day master plan amendment extravaganza in August was published Aug. 4. We know, we looked. The meetings were Aug. 10 and 11, clearly not 10 days after the Aug. 4 publishing date.
The notice for the September meeting of the planning commission on Tuesday also did not meet the 10-day rule.
So we got curious.
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We looked back four years to find out when the notices for some of the most infamous master plan debates came out, including the one for Clear Creek, which is presently headed for the Supreme Court.
Turns out the last two months have been more the rule than the exception. In 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003 the Planning Commission agenda was not published 10 days or more before the meeting. At each of these hearings master plan amendments were heard.
Hopefully, this is not the equivalent of finding out the minister who married you wasn’t really a minister.
We can only hope clearing this issue up in the future will be sufficient.