I am by nature a optimistic and consensus seeking person and it pains me a great deal to be the only one voting in the minority on an issue. Last night I found myself in that position, not once but twice.
First a nine member committee, to basically redo another Transportation Plan, was created last evening. This new committee is to be made up of three members from the Town Council, three members from the Plan Commission and then those six people select three residents to complete the nine member committee. The three Council Land Use Committee members are Councilors Price, Haak, and Swack, essentially village residents. I voted “No” because the Town Council Land Use committee membership does not fairly represent the entire Zionsville area. While competent Councilors, the Council is relying on the Plan Commission to select three representatives to create a more representative committee.
The second “No” vote was to remove the Cooper Road Interchange and Cooper Road Extension from the Transportation Plan update, and THEN do the study for alternative solutions to the area removed. A little backwards to me. This then got into a confusing discussion as to which resolution to vote on and eventually creating yet another resolution that we will look at at the next meeting to see if that is what the Council “passed”.
I know I am in the minority, but fundamental to the reorganization was the adequate representation of the rural area, particularly in regard to land use decisions. Procedurally, my main problem is that when major features of the Transportation Plan are just deleted, without alternatives added in their place, I don’t see the usefulness of the “plan” or the process that created it.