Input on city ethics, zoning codes sought

By Christina Sampson

January 21, 2013 - 5:13 pm
Mayor Christian Price created task foce to work on a city code of ethics. It meets Tuesday. Shannon Williams photo

Public discussion on two city projects – developing a city code of ethics and reworking the zoning code – will be held Tuesday.

An ethics task force created by Mayor Christian Price will hold its first meeting Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. at City Hall, 45145 W. Madison Ave.

The task force was formed partly in response to an investigation last summer into alleged inappropriate workplace conduct by Alan Marchione, a former Maricopa city councilman.

Although the investigation’s final report said Marchione did not sexually harass or threaten city staff, Bill Sims, the Phoenix attorney the city hired to investigate the complaints, pointed out the city council had no disciplinary measures in place.

Sims recommended the city council adopt a city code of ethics and censure provision.

Marchione resigned in October.

Price said he wanted the task force to adopt a “looking-forward” attitude and ensure there is “a framework in place for future incidents.”

Price said he did not how long the process would take or how many meetings would be needed to develop a city code of ethics.

“I want to do it right, not right now,” Price said.

Also Tuesday, the first zoning code workshop will be 6 to 8 p.m. at the Southern Dunes Golf Club, 8456 W. Highway 238.

The city has contracted with Dyett & Bhatia Urban and Regional Planners of San Francisco to overhaul the city’s zoning code.

Dana Burkhardt, the city’s interim zoning administrator, said residents are encouraged to attend.

The workshop will include “a couple of innovative methods to gain feedback,” he said.

The workshop will be one of several public meetings held as the city works through the lengthy zoning process, Burkhardt said.

The city currently is accepting applications from residents interested in being on the zoning code task force. Click here for more information. 

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