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UDC Lawsuit
April 09, 2014 | 12:57 PM

During the four (4) public hearings conducted by the Wood Administration the city utilized the deceptive Delphi protocols, presenting their case for the UDC and the public was not allowed to ask any questions during these public meetings.

Then during the first reading of the proposed UDC before Roswell City Council, in what could only have been described as a total breach of parliamentary procedures and past practices, Mayor Wood open the floor to public input without a motion even being presented to Council. Mayor Wood also conducted the public portion of this first reading without presenting Councilwoman Diamond's 50 amendments that were made later that evening.

Mayor Wood had even advised the entire City Council of his intentions before the meeting was called to order and the Council allowed the meeting to proceed even over my personal "point of order" objection to the violation of routine parliamentary procedures.

Historically, motions are routinely presented to council which immediately makes additions or corrections in the form of amendments. That procedure occurs long before the matter is presented to the public for their input and final evaluation. This procedure insures that unacceptable amendments cannot be "slipped in" and the public denied the opportunity to respond to such an undesirable tactic.
However, Mayor Wood proceeded with public input without a motion or any changes in the form of amendments even being presented to City Council for the approval of this universal zoning code.

ONLY during the final readings held a couple weeks later and prior to the final approval, was the public for the very first time given the opportunity to question or respond to a formal motion before Council.
At that time individuals were stymied by the Council's 5 minute limitation placed on the public when they step up to the podium.

Pathetically, even at the final reading the Mayor refused to respond to legitimate questions presented to his administration and City Council.

The four horsemen of Roswell's UDC apocalypse defeated numerous amendments presented that evening that would have significantly improved the document and they eventually approved the current UDC.

Lee Fleck
Biz Post
Coldwell Banker
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