01-0678R

RESOLUTION REQUESTING THE ADMINISTRATION TO NOMINATE AN ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENTIST FOR A SEAT ON THE PLANNING COMMISSION.

BY COUNCILOR STEWART:

        WHEREAS, the planning commission advises the council on all planning and development matters including rezonings, issuance of special use permits and community development policies; and

        WHEREAS, the planning commission has final authority over approval of plats and certain variances; and

        WHEREAS, the planning commission may act as the regulatory governmental unit (RGU) with regard to the environmental review process as outlined in the statutes of the state of Minnesota; and

        WHEREAS, the stated jurisdiction of the planning commission frequently requires the assessment of scientific information pertaining to watersheds, ecosystems, endangered and threatened species, pollutants and other issues of environmental significance; and

        WHEREAS, a clear awareness of environmental science is essential to making informed decisions concerning these matters; and

        WHEREAS, no current member of the planning commission has professional expertise in these areas of environmental science; and

        WHEREAS, the Duluth city council desires that at least one individual with such expertise be seated on the planning commission;

        NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Duluth City Council requests that the administration nominate an individual with professional experience in an area of environmental science for a seat on the planning commission.

        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Duluth City Council has the utmost regard for all planning commissioners and the valuable and diverse experience that they bring to the commission.



STATEMENT OF PURPOSE:  This resolution requests the administration to nominate an environmental scientist for a seat on the planning commission.