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Unprofessional...not so says Board of Adjustment member Miller

After the Sunnyside Board of Adjustment members made their decisions on three issues Tuesday night, board member Craig Miller brought up a concern regarding recommendations by city staff.

Miller addressed Associate Planner Jamey Ayling about insinuations by the Sunnyside City Council that mistakes have been made by the Board of Adjustment, and that the group has been unprofessional.

He said that more information from staff on why the Board of Adjustment should deny a variance or conditional use permit would be helpful as they make decisions.

One instance he mentioned was the Tom Paul sign permit issue on South First Street.

"If we had more information it might have been different," said Miller. "City staff wanted us to reconsider our vote on the Paul sign without giving us any specific reason why."

He said that the council called the Board of Adjustment unprofessional for discussing whether there was reason to reconsider the vote off microphone.

He added that no matter what the council says, the Board of Adjustment can't reconsider a vote without one of its members, who voted on an issue the first time, bringing the possibility of revoting on an issue.

"When there's a recommendation to approve there's lots of information," he said, adding that it is the opposite when city staff recommends denial.

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