Welcome to the YES! Weekly Pop Quiz, where we ask elected officials about their jobs. This week, we address questions to the Greensboro City Council about the public hearing draft of the proposed Land Development Ordinance.

The rules are simple: no research, no call- backs.

1. The public hearing draft calls for what number of canopy trees on new, single-family residential lots?

2. The connectivity ratio is determined by comparing what two things?

3. What requirements govern applicants’ communications with neighborhoods prior to a rezoning hearing?

Mayor Bill Knight

1. One. [ ]

2. It’s a 1.3 ratio. I’d have to look at the notes on that one. [X]

3. Again I need to go look at my notes. [X]

Mayor Pro Tem Nancy Vaughan

1. A minimum of one. [ ]

2. I know it’s a one-to-three. I’m not sure how to explain that. I have that picture of that kidney-shaped neighborhood. I don’t know how to put it into words…. What they’re looking at is to have more exits and entrances and doing away with cul de sacs. [X]

3. The LDO will have a voluntary meeting summary sheet where they are encouraged to meet with the neighbors if it’s residential. [ ]

Robbie Perkins, at-large

1. One

2. Street links and nodes or end links. A node can also be understood as a cul-de-sac head, the terminus of a street or the intersection of two streets.

3. Submit a summary report to the planning director describing efforts to notify neighborhoods about the proposal, how information about the proposal was shared with neighbors, who was involved in the discussions, suggestions and concerns raised by the neighborhoods, and what specific changes to the development proposal were considered and made as a result of the communications with the neighborhoods. The proposed ordinance does not require rezoning applicants to meet with neighbors.

Correct Answers

1. One. [ ]

2. 1.3 or 1.4 ratio. I don’t know what the ratio’s based on. [X]

3. Right now they’re arguing over that one too. They’re requiring that there be meaningful contact and a report be filled out about how neighborhood interactions have improved or changed the case. [X]