The third Monday of the month always used to mean one thing in the compilation of meetings listed below on this page: the Morenci Planning Commission.
Then came a break of more than two years when the group became inactive. That changed this week when the seven-member board met for an organizational meeting, then dug right into some local issues.
It’s good to have the planning commission back in service because the group can serve an important function for the community.
In the past Morenci’s planners created the ordinance for the creation of the industrial park. They looked at what should be in place for subdivision regulations.
They’ve considered on-street parking of semi trucks, the maximum size allowed for residential garages, and they put into writing requirements for the new Dollar General Store before construction got underway.
Commissioners have looked at sidewalk repair and installation issues, they addressed concerns expressed about home daycare centers, they weighed the concerns expressed by residents about a new apartment complex and gave consideration for a request to open a hair salon in a residential area. The list goes on and on.
Someone wanting to start a new business or activity may look on the planning commission as meddlers who are getting in the way of progress. Citizens of the city should view the group as a body concerned about the future well-being of the community. They will weigh the pros and cons of the situation. With their varied backgrounds, they’ll think about an issue and try to consider all the implications.
The current board that met for the first time this week looks like a good one and we’re sure members will come through with a thorough but fair review of issues and proposals. Welcome back.