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Sent: Thursday, October 09, 2008 8:00 AM
Subject: Citizen Advisory Board for Comprehensive Plan
Dear Mr. Utz and Planning:
I am a citizen concerned about the way PWC appoints and oversees its Citizen Advisory Boards and Committees.
I am asking you to provide the following information about the CAB that developed the Comprehensive Plan through 2030.
1. Are there any members on this board who own real estate on the lands they planned for? If you don't know, I am asking you to check.
2. If there are any members who own real estate, who are they and what do they own? What is the approximate value of their holdings?
3. Did any of these members (from #1 or #2) vote on decisions that will affect their property?
4. If these members (from #1 or #2) did vote on items related to their property, what did they vote on, what was the outcome of the vote, and how would their vote affect their own property?
5. Who oversees this Committee?
Thank you for your time.
Katherine Mercurio Gotthardt
I've also written to Fairfax County to ask them what their process is. So far, this is what I have gotten. I'm waiting for a response to my email for more details.
FF requires a resume, not a resume form.
2. Here are some of the forms FF folks have to fill out...notice the form on real estate holdings.
I know members of Citizen Advisory Boards do not get paid, but what I got from the Committee 100 meeting was that first, people with conflicts of interest can't legally vote on decisions these boards make and second, they are actually WRITING the policy and/or plans (as in the case of the comprehensive plan that lasts into 2030....a committee that has some kind of conflict, but I don't know which members).
Also, Tom Kopko whom I believe runs the Republican Committee is on that comprehensive planning board, so there's something in it for him even if it's not money, I would think. I'm not saying he has a conflict or is doing anything wrong. I AM saying that there are probably often motives more than pay--why else would someone like Duecaster or Widowski want "in" so badly?
I was wondering about other jurisdictions also. Want to make a bet their process isn't as lame as PWC's?