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What do Peoria, Denver, and Miami have in common?

They’ve all won the 2010 Driehaus Award:

You are invited to join Mayor Jim Ardis for a news conference on April 20, 2010, at 10:00 a.m. to announce that the City of Peoria is one of three winners of the prestigious 2010 Driehaus Award for excellence in form-based coding from the Form-Based Code Institute. [...]

Still waiting for former HOPC commissioners to organize advocacy group

It was a year ago this month that the Heart of Peoria Commission voted 5-2 to disband, and the City Council obliged. Commissioners who voted in favor of disbanding were chairman Bill Washkuhn (who has since passed away, sadly), Henry Lawrence, Mark Misselhorn, Julie Waldschmidt, and Geoff Smith. Beth Akeson and I were the [...]

LDC misunderstood by developers

Attorney Bob Hall thinks the Land Development Code “certainly has a lot of bugs,” according to today’s Journal Star. But it doesn’t really. It just has a lot of things he or the developer he represents either doesn’t like or doesn’t understand, which is typical regardless of what zoning regulations are in place.

Still, [...]

The Heart of Peoria Commission, 2004-2008. R. I. P.

Tonight, the Peoria City Council pulled the plug on the Heart of Peoria Commission. The vote was 8-3 to disband the commission, with council members Gulley, Sandberg, and Spain voting against the motion.

Ashes to ashes. Dust to dust.

Condolences

I just received word that the Chairman of the Heart of Peoria Commission, Bill Washkuhn, has passed away. Here’s the e-mail I received from Planning and Growth Director Pat Landes:

Our office just received word that Bill Washkuhn, current chair of the HOP/C, died this morning. Our office has worked with Bill for nearly [...]

HOPC votes to disband

At the Heart of Peoria Commission meeting this morning, commissioners in attendance voted 5-2 to disband. Voting in favor were Chairman Bill Washkuhn and Commissioners Henry Lawrence, Mark Misselhorn, Julie Waldschmidt, and Geoff Smith. Voting against were Vice Chair Beth Akeson and me. Commissioner Nancy Biggins was undecided and did not vote. Commissioners Dick [...]

HOPC meeting on Dec. 5 may be last

Some Heart of Peoria Commission members want the commission to voluntarily disband, possibly as early as our next meeting — the final one for 2008 — on December 5 at 8:00 a.m. The theory goes that commissioners could have more of an impact if we weren’t a city commission. We could instead organize ourselves [...]

Heart of Peoria Commission votes against temporary LDC changes

The city’s Planning and Growth Department is spearheading an effort to review the portion of the Land Development Code (LDC) that deals with form-based code districts “to determine if all the regulations are performing as anticipated and to ensure compatible development which meets the purpose statements of the code.” Toward that end, they have [...]

HOPC meeting this Friday

The Heart of Peoria Commission will meet this Friday at 8 a.m. in room 404 of Peoria City Hall. Here’s the agenda:

AGENDA (All Agenda items are subject to possible action.)

CALL TO ORDER

MINUTES – APPROVAL of MINUTES of the REGULAR MEETING held APRIL 25, 2008

REGULAR BUSINESS

ITEM NO. 1 Update regarding [...]

HOPC meeting rescheduled for July 25

From a press release (all caps in original):

THE REGULAR HEART OF PEORIA COMMISSION MEETING SCHEDULED FOR FRIDAY, JUNE 27, 2008, HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR FRIDAY, JULY 25, 2008, AT CITY HALL, 419 FULTON STREET, ROOM 404, AT 8:00 AM.

The chair and vice-chair of the commission were both unable to meet June 27, [...]