Governing takes a whole community.
I’ve intensively observed Port Angeles city government for the last six months. I’ve seen how important the City’s committees are to the decision-making process of our local government.
Decisions that ultimately reach City Council often start many months earlier in a committee. The decision gets shaped in the committee. By the time the decision has reached the City Council, it’s like a train already leaving the station.
I’ve seen Councilmembers who haven’t been involved in that decision-making process raise issues at the final council meeting. Usually, those late issues don’t change the decision. The train has left the station by the time it gets to the City Council, and it’s not turning around.
So that means that good governance isn’t just about having good city councilmembers. It’s also about the committee-members involved at the beginning of the decision-making process.
Most of those committee-members are citizen volunteers. Right now, the City is seeking an applicant for the Planning Commission.
Here’s what the Planning Commission does:
“The members of the Planning Commission review and make recommendations to the City Council on land development actions including preparation of the City’s comprehensive plan. The Commission may also make recommendations to individual City departments for adoption of land use controls. The Commission has specific authority vested by the City Council to act as hearings board and approval body for certain land use issues. Planning Commissioners are appointed to four-year terms, with a limit of two consecutive terms. The Commission meets the second and fourth Wednesday of each month, at 6:00 p.m., in the City Council Chambers.”
The application is short. Get it from City Clerk Jennifer Veneklasen, at http://wa-portangeles.civicplus.com/177/Boards-Commissions
The position is open until filled, so please either submit an application promptly, or be in touch with Jennifer about the timeline.