Tom Frutchey Throws Former Planners Under Bus

Ever have an application rejected only to see a similar one breeze through?

In the April 15 email, Tom Frutchey painted a picture of a former planning department in complete disarray. Frutchey, among other things, claimed planners carelessly signed off on projects — and said that’s why it took less time to process applications and issue permits than it does now.

“Yes, things were much better in the old days, in large part, because staff didn’t folow the law,” Frutchey wrote. “Staff repeatedly approved projects after only partial or faulty analysis and otherwise sidestepped local and state requirements.”

Tom Frutchey Throws Former Planners Under Bus

3 thoughts on “Tom Frutchey Throws Former Planners Under Bus

  1. Frutchey and the so-called “transformation” of city government were widely denounced during his public firing in February. Many city employees, and three of five council members, said they had been alienated by the top administrator’s autocratic approach and that his reforms created a lack of accountability in City Hall.
    http://articles.latimes.com/1997/oct/08/local/me-40487

  2. “Frutchey, meanwhile, said he looks forward to his new job in the private sector and plans to live in Oxnard the rest of his life.”

    That was in the article cited above–if only he had stayed in SB county!

  3. “staff didn’t folow the law,” Frutchey wrote. “Staff repeatedly approved projects after only partial or faulty analysis and otherwise sidestepped local and state requirements.”

    While I don’t often agree with Mr. Frutchey, he is simply confirming what many, including former Planning Commissioners and City Councmembers have charged for years – that former (not current) Pacific Grove Planning staff constantly ignored laws protecting our community: CEQA Environmental review (for essentially every project), Coastal Act, Historical Preservation (staff once tried to exempt all of Pacific Grove from Archaeological review), our own General Plan and the Planning Codes (e.g. Forest Hill Manor), and our city Tree protection ordinance (Public Works still self-approves their own permits to destroy trees and never replaces them).

    This does not mean that Mr. Frutchey or Public Works has demonstrated any greater interest in following those laws, however some architects (who’ve been getting away with things for decades) are upset that the new PG Planning Department is now trying to follow those laws.

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