ing, access drive, drainage and water quality
pond and other improvements. In a perfect
world the City reviewed our construction
documents, signed off on completeness, per-
formed a detailed review of the drawings and
specifications, and sent us written comments
along with a long list of suggested changes.
read through them, proceeded to make the
easy changes, and called me if a modification
to construction meant more money. Once all
of the changes were made, we sent the entire
package back to the planning department for
another round of reviews.
months. That didn't happen.
finalize the permits. The new target date: De-
cember, when with any luck we went before
the environmental review board and got their
planning office hadn't reviewed our project
according to the prescribed schedule and we
were therefore pushed back to January. In
January 2010 the environmental review board
cancelled its first meeting of the month. Then
one of the City staff asked for more informa-
tion--detailed specifications regarding the
silt fence surrounding the construction area--
the engineers to prepare yet another written
response explaining their calculations. In the
meantime we missed another review board
meeting. We got on the agenda for February,
missed the first meeting of the month for rea-
sons I can't recall, and were rescheduled to
go before the board in late February.
invited more than a dozen local pilots to show
up and demonstrate their glowing support for
the airport. Overkill, it turned out, because
not a single angry neighbor or competing real
estate developer showed up to oppose our
permit. After a long-winded speech by a resi-
dent regarding another project, an exhaust-
ed and disheveled chairwoman invited Andy
Perry to the podium, and instead of listening
to whatever he had to say, she lifted a hand (as
if to say, "Don't speak"), took an informal vote
of board members who all agreed, abruptly
approved the permit and politely asked Andy
to leave (without Andy having said a word).
officially issued our variance and permits.
Days before the planning meeting in March,
Andy received a call from the City's case man-
ager. The manager had bad news: The envi-
ronmental review board had made a mistake.
Apparently the chairwomen hadn't followed
the rules of order and therefore our approved
permit was invalid. Without a valid environ-
mental review approval, we were bumped off
the planning and zoning board agenda. Andy