Editor: This came to us via email and we decided to make it one of our infamous and irregular “Reader Rants”.
By Former OB Planning Board Member
As I was reading through Brenda McFarlane’s excellent report of this week’s Ocean Beach Planning Board, something she said in her report and the photo that was included really struck me. Ms McFarlane stated that, ” Next, the much discussed issue of Variances. At this point, there was only two people left in the audience, myself and Tony from the Beacon.” A commenter later came in and corrected her: there were three. The photo showed the lack of attendance.
This really concerns me – the low number of OBceans in the audience at these meetings of the Planning Board is a shameful example of the utter lack of enthusiasm in our dear community for planning issues. Where are all the concerned residents of this community? Were they home watching the Olympics or at some bar slugging down beers?
Perhaps it’s the Planning Board’s fault. Are you Board members getting out the notices in your sections about the issues that are coming before the Board?
When I was on the Board a few years ago, we used to flier our neighborhoods whenever an issue concerning it was coming up on the agenda. We would run off a few hundred sheets with the issue, the address of the construction site, and date and time of the hearing. We would go and down each street in our section of OB and place these little half or quarter sheets with this information under the windshields of cars and vehicles parked in that neighborhood. Many of us did it and we had people attend our meetings.
Do you individual members go out at night or during the day and let your neighbors know what’s going on at the Board?
And my fellow OBcians (or however you spell it) – you all need to step up, attend these meetings, get to know the issues, get down on understanding why and how our local planning group even exists and operates. The Board is part of our history and part of the culture of OB.