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Alameda’s Planning Board Members are Recused from Monday Night meeting

By Erica Madison

On Nov. 23, 2009, Planning Board members Cook and Cunningham, recused themselves from a two hour long meeting.

On Monday night, the Alameda Planning Board held a meeting to discuss item 9A. It was the only item on the agenda for the night. Apparently the item held a special importance for two of the planning board members, who were forced to leave in order avoid the appearance of favoritism.

Item 9A on the calendar, was applicant for an extension on the St. Joseph’s community master planned development. The master planned development for the St. Joseph community was originally approved by the Planning Board ten years ago on Nov, 30, 1999.

The Planning Board granted the St. Joseph Project a period of ten years to complete a list of development projects such as high school science labs and new parking lots. Unfortunately the St. Joseph master planned development committee was not able to raise enough money to complete the project by its due date.

On Monday night, the St. Joseph master planned development committee went before the Planning Board, to request an extension of the time needed to complete the project.

Unfortunately, the committee didn’t report to a full Planning Board.

Both Planning Board members Cook and Cunningham had to leave the room, because they lived within the St. Joseph community.

“I all hope you will support the amendment. The project provides additional support to the community”, said Planning Board member Andrew Cunningham before leaving the meeting.

2 comments to Alameda’s Planning Board Members are Recused from Monday Night meeting

  • barb

    “I all hope you will support the amendment. The project provides additional support to the community”, said Planning Board member Andrew Cunningham before leaving the meeting.

    I hope there is an error in the reporting here. How can a Planning Board member recuse himself then render his opinion endorsing the amendment to his fellow Board members before he leaves? Doesn’t pass the smell test.

  • We’re glad you caught that – “I won’t vote, but here’s my 2 cents to influence the vote.”

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