Council amends workshop lineup

December 6th, 2017 by admin Leave a reply »

SOUTH PORTLAND — With its workshop schedule set though the end of January, and 25 additional items circling in orbit for future meetings, the South Portland City Council took the opportunity Nov. 27 to make a few last minute tweaks.

Bumped from the agenda for Dec. 11 were two items – possibly amending council policy on management of the city’s capital improvement program, and its policy on meeting dates and committee appointments. According to City Manager Scott Morelli, when the latter topic reappears, it will include a proposal to staff some committees, such as the Bike-Ped Committee and the Comprehensive Plan Implementation Committee, via formal council appointment. Currently, these committees are manned by staff invitation, Morelli said, adding, “We feel that should maybe be a more formal process.”

Instead, the Dec. 11 agenda will feature two topics that promise broad public interest, based on recent strongly attended workshop sessions – establishing rules to govern so-called short-term rentals, such as renting homes via social media apps like Airbnb, and amending parking requirements for businesses in the Knightville district.

On Dec. 27, the council will review model language for an ordinance governing medical marijuana offices and commercial cultivation.

“This is request from somebody in the industry,” said Assistant City Manager Josh Reny. “It’s allowed in some communities, but not specifically allowed in our ordinances.”

The applicant will present the proposed language, Reny said, and file to request a vote on the proposal.

On Dec. 27, the council will also divvy up liaison duties for its members, as it

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