The Council plans to vote on the plan on October 25th - the same day they plan to assign interim planning board members after the former board members were asked to resign en-masse amid a number of scandals at Park and Planning.
Executive Elrich asks that given the upheaval at planning (including violations of the open meeting laws that may have stifled participation in creating the plan), a new planning board have another look at Thrive. He also highlights the way in which 3 chapters were added hastily to the plan without public hearing in the past few weeks. These chapters include passages on equity and the environment - but don't actually contain recommendations that will be part of the actual plan - citing lack of time.
MCA has joined with a broad coalition of civic groups concerned about low income housing, the environment and more to urge that Thrive be paused. The Council's hired consultant said it best "Compressed timelines are the enemy of equity." This consequential plan can't be rushed.
The agenda for the 10/25 Council meeting is here.