MPC's Hillside and Ridgetop Task Force Meets

The Metropolitan Planning Commission's Hillside and Ridgetop Task Force will meet Tuesday to discuss—what else?—the group's Hillside and Ridgetop Protection Plan. As the names suggest, this group recommends policies to prevent the city and county's hills and ridges from becoming overdeveloped, which include narrowing roads, reducing runoff and water pollution, limiting large-scale industrial and commercial growth, and reforestation. Some have raised concerns, such as one Commissioner Greg "Lumpy" Lambert, that this group will overstep its boundaries, violating the rights of property owners and private developers. Those on the task force say they seek a balance between conservation and developers' rights.

After the task force meeting, on Monday, April 19, the plan will be presented to the public at the City County building. Then in May, the MPC will consider adopting the plan at its May 13 meeting.

The task force meets at the Visitor Center of Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Ave., at 2 p.m. on April 13. Their plan will be presented at the Small Assembly Room of the City County Building at 6 p.m. the following Monday, April 19.