Crowley: Willing To Tinker on E.J. Plan
After working almost three years on his proposed Environmental Justice ordinance, it might seem logical that Vice Mayor David Crowley was wed to exactly what is written in the 13 pages.
But he said Friday he's having meetings with city administrators to talk about their questions and concerns about the idea, which proposes that many commercial new and expanding businesses be subjected to an environmental review. It says any business that didn't pass an environmental specialist's review for possible pollution of the neighborhood around the business would not be permitted to get any necessary health, building or zoning permits.
He's also working to address concerns from the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, which said in leters to council members this week that officials had significant concerns about the idea hindering business retention and job attraction.
"I'm willing to tinker, yes," Crowley said Friday afternoon. "We still have some work to do."