Summary from the Charter Commission Chair:
- The Charter had an extended conversation with the Planning Commission chair and Town staff about the Unified Development Code (UDC) and the Comprehensive Plan, to decide if any aspect other than the existence of the Planning Commission should be in the Charter. After the discussion, it was decided by all parties that leaving the specific powers and rights of the Commission up to ordinance was the best tactic.
- We made a lot of minor wording and intent changes for various things, such as how campaign finance ordinances should be written.
- We allow the Council to have voice votes for non-monetary issues, and any Councillor can call for a roll-call vote for any matter if desired.
- Final presentation (to the Town and to the Board of Trustees) of the completed Charter will tentatively occur on Thursday, April 20, at our Commission's regular meeting, with it being a special meeting of the Board of Trustees as well. This would be the draft version that will be voted on in November.
We are in the final stages of drafting this Charter, with the big elements all present. The next few weeks will be for cleaning up language and seeing if there's anything we missed. If there's anything you'd like to see included in the Charter that we haven't discussed or talked, now's the time to make your voices heard. We hope to hear from as many people as possible!
Please remember that decisions are not yet final and will be up for discussion again until the final Draft is submitted in May. Questions or comments can be submitted to the Charter Commission through an online form. Members of the public can also plan to attend in-person engagement meetings the third Thursday of the month.