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Town is growing, and so is planning commission

Council approves first step to expand number of seats to 10


Town hall will need more chairs around the dais for Parker Planning Commission meetings, after town council unanimously approved a resolution to expand the commission from seven to 10 members on July 3. Councilmembers Renee Williams and Joshua Rivero were absent.

“Being able to have more voices allows for broader knowledge to be shared,” said Deputy Community Development Director Jason Rogers, adding that he hopes the move will increase transparency and community participation in planning decisions.

Seven members will have a vote with three alternates. Currently five commission members vote with three alternates, numbers established by a June 2010 council vote.

“The driver was really that we had a substantial number of applicants for two open seats,” Community Development Director John Fussa said. “We had incumbents reapplying and over a dozen new applicants.”

The last request for applications was in April, and future calls will be issued as seats open. Planning Commission members serve three-year terms with no term limits and are appointed by the town council. Alternates serve one-year terms.

With Parker’s growth a constant topic of conversation and controversy, Fussa said administrators expanding the commission will pave the way for more cooperation.

“There’s been lots of interest in growth and development,” Fussa said. “We thought it would be better to open things up .… Staff and the town council want to give the public as much opportunity to participate as possible.”


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