“They know quality. They know design. You don’t want a whole bunch of people who don’t know anything.”
– Ald. Walter Burnett (27th), defending the practice of stacking zoning advisory panels with developers, real-estate agents and campaign donors.
The Trib studied more than 5,700 zoning changes approved by the City Council over the past 10 years and unveiled some of its findings in Sunday’s paper. (Surprise: Money talks.) Today’s follow-up (the source of Burnett’s quote) looks at the makeup of community groups and their influence in the development process.