The Commonwealth Zoning board has decided to wait until after the November election to ramp up efforts in doing presentations at the Legislature on the proposed amendments to the zoning law.
Newly elected board vice chair Herman P. Sablan described as “very disruptive” the period leading to the Nov. 6 mid-term election during Thursday's meeting at the Zoning Office in Dandan.
Zoning administrator Therese T. Ogumoro agreed, saying that she is looking at having the presentations in January 2013, after the new set of lawmakers have settled in their offices.
The board resubmitted in May its original proposed amendments to the Saipan Zoning Law and Maps of 2008.
Zoning legal counsel Kate Fuller said that the version of the zoning law they received from the House legal counsel still includes amendments that the board had rejected at the recommendation of the Zoning staff.
Fuller cited as example the rezoning of the entire Tanapag village into a commercial zone, “which I don't think anybody wants.”
The Zoning office and board also eye re-introducing amendments to the Saipan Adult Gambling Machine Business Zoning Act of 2012, which aims to relocate poker establishments away from residential zones.