New rules of conduct for the city’s planning commission will include tough language about how commissioners should handle potential conflict of interests.
The city council adopted an eight-page set of guidelines for the commission at a recent meeting, after changing language involving potential conflicts of interest for commission members.
The new guidelines stipulate a commissioner must not only state a potential conflict of interest and abstain from voting, but leave the dais when the matter is discussed.
Months in the making, the guidelines come on the heels of a city council effort to also adopt rules of order for council meetings.
Council members discussed one of the proposed guidelines in detail in a work session, airing concerns about attendance requirements for the chair of the group, and also whether a commissioner should have experience in the post, before being elected chair.