The Sept. 27 Orchard City planning commission meeting was short as the group discussed a couple of routine matters such as the rescheduling of November and December meetings due to holidays. In addition, news was shared about a joint meeting the planning commission will have with the trustees Oct. 24.
The evening will be one of education. Jesse D. Silverstein, vice president and senior economist of Development Research Partners and board member of Community Builders is going to present and answer questions.
Essentially, Silverstein will help the town find ways to "fulfill the expectations of a clean, peaceful environment that will nourish and attract business and family growth," said deputy clerk Polly Proctor. For example, he will identify hurdles the town needs to overcome such as taxes/funding and brownfields.
Silverstein's organization DRP specializes in "economic research and analysis for local and state government and private-sector businesses," according to their website. This joint meeting is a way to educate the trustees and commissioners on the direction that needs to be taken to improve the community.
One of the reasons for this meeting is to get the trustees and planning commission on the same page on what's best for Orchard City before tackling a nuisance ordinance. Thus, this hot topic has been tabled for now.