Tonight's meeting of the Planning and Zoning Commission marked more than the end of the two year term of office. The Commission is losing to retirement nearly 40 years of experience with land use decisions. The terms of Quentin Phipps, Carl Bolz, Catherine Johnson, Michael Johnson, Barbara Plum, and Richard Pelletier are ending, and only Michael Johnson and Pelletier are running for election. Three of those who are leaving, Bolz, Plum, and Catherine Johnson, have served with dedication on Planning and Zoning. They did so because they believe in the intrinsic importance of land-use decisions to our city, not because P&Z is a stepping stone or a political game.
Neither Phipps nor Michael Johnson were available to attend tonight's meeting, so the thank yous from the other commissioners went to Bolz, Plum, and Catherine Johnson.