2019-02-07 / Letters

No imbalance on planning commission

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The letter writer has, once

The letter writer has, once again, misstated the view of those with whom she disagrees, creating her own "straw man" and then knocking it down. Those opposing the recent appointment did NOT oppose chamber of commerce members being PART of the planning commission. They opposed an imbalance of having too many COC members on the planning commission. As stated in the Michigan Municipal League's Planning Commissioners' Handbook, membership of a planning commission should "represent the VARIOUS interests found in the community," including business owners and homemakers. Diversity of the membership can mean having different regions of the village represented, as well a diversity of thought. Too narrow a planning commission may doom its recommendations to a village council that is elected by residents, not merely business interests. The planning commission needs a diverse make-up of persons willing to listen to each other and work collaboratively (and progressively).