FROM STAFF AND SUBMITTED REPORTS
City Hall officials have set a tight schedule for appointing a new planning and zoning commissioner to fill a seat expected to be vacated within a week by council member-elect Jane Hughson.Hughson, who served two terms on the council between 1996 and 2002 and last year chaired one of the committees that oversaw a sweeping rewrite of the city’s comprehensive master plan, was appointed to the planning and zoning commission in February. Less than nine months later, she is departing the commission after winning a three-year city council term in the Nov. 4 municipal election.
Before she can be sworn to her new position on Nov. 17, however, she must resign her P&Z post under a provision of the city charter that bars council members from “hold[ing] any other office or employment under the city government,” except appointments to represent the council on city boards, commissions or committees.
Applications for Hughson’s planning and zoning commission position should be submitted to City Clerk Jamie Pettijohn by Friday, Nov. 28 to be considered by the city council at its regular meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 2.
The charter requires prospective planning and zoning commissioners to have owned property and resided within the city for at least three years. Previously, one of the nine members represented property owners within the city’s extra-territorial jurisdiction but voters in November 2013 eliminated that position effective next March.
For information about the forthcoming P&Z vacancy, contact Pettijohn at 512-393-8089.
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