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I’m not a big fan of Daylight Savings Time as my lurkers already know. It’s not getting any better. Becky’s not a big fan of the deserts of Arizona, but its position as the lone state refusing to participate in this madness makes living there seem more attractive.
I was dragging when I got up this morning and I was dragging all the way through lunch. It’s about 11:00 pm as I’m writing this and I’m not sleepy. It will take me a couple of weeks to get on the new cycle. For those of you that have to deal with me, bear with me please. I will try not to be any more surly than absolutely necessary.
As I was trying to wake up this morning I ran across this article in the LA Times which didn’t make me feel any better with its discussion of the dark side of DST including anxiety, heart attacks and car accidents. Sleep deprivation is a wonderful thing… NOT! Can you imagine having Daylight Savings Time listed as the cause of death in your obituary?
Once again, in an attempt to make lemons into lemonade, I’ll remind you that this is a good time to check/replace the batteries in your smoke detectors. Those of you that are sleep impaired like I am need all the help you can get as you acclimate to this unnecessary assault on your internal clocks… Sweet Dreams!
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No, Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss are not dodging slow-motion bullets on the streets of Culver ala The Matrix. It’s nothing that exciting. The matrix I’m referring to is the one that appears in Chapter 3, Section 3.0 – Authorized Uses in the Culver Zoning Ordiance. It was the topic of discussion at the last Zoning Ordinance Review Committee Meeting on January 21, 2009.
The Zoning Ordinance matrix specifies the district in which a defined property use is allowed. Just to pick the first one from the list, “Apartment Units” are allowed in the R-2, C-1 & C-2 districts as well as by Special Use in the S-1 and L-1 districts if specifically approved by the Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA). The matrix was set up as the first line of defense against district creep and spot zoning, which are considered bad things in Zoning Ordinances such as ours and the ones ours was patterned after. Under our ordinance, where often R-2 is adjacent to R-1, you can have an apartment building (R-2 use) adjacent to a single family home (R-1 or R-2 use), but if that apartment building would want to expand across that line, they would need to go through public hearings at the Plan Commission and then at the Town Council in order to rezone the property to R-2. This can be a tedious process and with the required advertising and required number of meetings generally takes 4-6 months.
A few months back a group of Culver’s Realtors visited the Plan Commission at a regular meeting. They had concerns regarding the sign section of the Zoning Ordinance and how it was being administered. Most of the administration concerns were that, after years of lax enforcement, our current Building Commissioner has stepped up to the plate and is enforcing the rules that have been on the books for years… as he should. I’m always frustrated that those of us that follow the rules are put at a disadvantage by those that ignore the rules because there are no consequences.