Planning Commission mulls new department guidance role

Tuesday, August 24, 2010 at 12:40pm

The Metro Planning Commission is weighing whether to create a small executive committee to provide guidance and direction to Metro Planning Department Executive Director Rick Bernhardt and the rest of the planning staff.

Planning commission members were to meet at noon on Tuesday to discuss the idea. To become a reality, the executive committee would need to be approved by the planning commission at a later date.

“With a budget the way it is, and trying to fit everything in, it’s just some guidance to the staff as to what direction to go, which subarea of plans to do next, or which direction to use our staff the best,” said planning commission chair Jim McLean. “Not to try to micromanage, but to have some input.”

Though planning commission members are still studying the idea, McLean envisions the executive committee being a three-member body, consisting of the commission chair, vice chair and one appointed commission member. Executive committee meetings would be open to the public.

“Nothing has been decided or voted on,” McLean said. “It’s just out there on the table.”

If the executive committee were to be created, zoning items would still go before the nine-member planning commission as they do today. The executive committee would look to foster dialogue between the planning commission and the planning department staff while providing expectations for the department as a whole.

“It just gives a little bit closer communication with the staff, to see them on a weekly, bi-weekly or monthly basis,” McLean said.

3 Comments on this post:

By: JohnR on 8/25/10 at 7:25

How about this input. Fire Mr. Bernhardt.

By: on 8/25/10 at 8:00

Hear, Hear, He's caused more problems then almost anyone else in Nashville. His vision, and I'm being charitable, does not mesh with most of us.

By: watchdog55 on 8/25/10 at 8:42

WOW, what a bad idea. I thought it was the Planning Director’s job to guide his staff. What’s the matter? Is Rick not following McLean’s wishes? It is time for the Planning Commission chairman, James McLean, to leave; he has been around the Planning Commission way toooooo long. He is arrogant, self serving and biased against community plans and neighborhoods. Hit the road JIM, and don’t you come back no more, no more, no more, no more.