Commissioner Madigan Weighs In On UDO Oversight

[Michele Madigan gave me permission to post this]

From: Michele Madigan [michele.madigan@saratoga-springs.org]
Sent: Tuesday, January 26, 2016 5:55 PM
To: Joanne Yepsen
Cc: Christian Mathiesen; Skip Scirocco; John Franck; Lynn Bachner; John
Kaufmann
Subject: Re: UDO Contract And Workshop Revised

Mayor,

I have no idea what the process is for the UDO at this time.  I am pleased that Tina Carton [See Yusko/TU article below] has been hired to provide oversight to the UDO.  However,  I have always advocated for a review committee appointed by the Council to oversee our Comp Plan changes within the context of our Zoning Ordinances.  This was supposed to happen under the UDO, but now it is without a Council appointed committee.  So far I’ve had one brief meeting with Behan and really don’t have a lot of time to meet regularly and try to educate myself on all the changes that may be coming our way.  Honestly, I am not a land use expert and would prefer to have an appointed representative reporting to me on the UDO process and potential changes.

Perhaps you can provide the Council and public with an update at the next Council Meeting?  Including how the Council will handle oversight regarding changing and updating our Zoning Ordinances.  I have always believed an appointed committee is the best way to manage this process – at least for me.    My preference is to appoint someone knowledgeable about city land use policy to assist Behan with the UDO and monitor, contribute, and report back to me.

Thank you,
Commissioner Madigan


Saratoga Springs hires a sustainability coordinator

By Dennis Yusko on January 5, 2016 at 10:27 PM

  •  Tina Carton (Taken from her Linked-In page) Carton, an active supporter of Solarize Saratoga, will start in the job on Monday, according to Mayor Joanne Yepsen, who appointed her at Tuesday’s City Council meeting. The position pays a salary of $45,000. It had been vacant since 2009, when it was defunded amid budget cuts. A grant from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority will cover $33,740 in wages each of the next two years. Carton will work with the city’s Open Space Advisory Committee, Complete Streets Committee and Climate Smart Community Task Force, and report to Bradley Birge, administrator of planning and economic development.
  • “I’m quite confident everyone will be happy with our selection,” Yepsen said.
  • “Thank you very much for this opportunity,” Carton told the council. She said she looked forward to trying to move the city forward.
  • Tina Carton of Saratoga Springs was appointed Tuesday to the full-time city position of administrator of parks, open land and historic preservation, also called a “sustainability coordinator.”
  • Carton Pic

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