Apalach delays changes to CRA

Published: Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 09:18 AM.

“Main Street should have gone to the CRA board and said ‘This is what we want to do,’ instead of going to you guys,” she said. “If these people are supposed to have the autonomy, they should go through the right channels.”

Grove told commissioners she learned about the Main Street proposal for the first time at the city commission meeting. “This bump has happened and it was a surprise, I don’t know if the rest of the CRA members even know about it,” she said. “We did have a meeting less than 24 hours before that and nothing was brought up.”

She said she didn’t want to spend a lot of time rewriting the bylaws. “We’re going to drop back and do a little bit of housekeeping, and see how to better work with each other,” she said.

Ash asked Grove why she hadn’t spoken up at the original meeting when the Main Street proposal was made.

“I was in shock,” Grove replied. “I didn’t want to appear anti Main Street, and I didn't feel comfortable saying something. I hesitated because I didn’t know what’s going on.”

She said she has been working for the past several months on revitalizing the CRA. “I’ve finally got it going again and we’re going in the right direction and the whole board has been usurped,” said Grove.

In her remarks, Marie Marshall cited a 1976 statute that empowered the Planning & Zoning Commission to manage the city’s land development code, and suggested additional boards would encroach on that function.

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