Sas-Pérez Appointed to City Plan Commission
Mayor appoints south side leader to design and zoning oversight board.
Sas-Pérez has worked for the organization since January 2013 serving as community outreach manager and neighborhood plan director before becoming the organization’s executive director in November 2016.
The six-member City Plan Commission performs design and zoning review for real estate development proposals that require zoning changes, including changes to the city’s zoning ordinances, street vacations and proposed city land sales. Its action on those matters are advisory to the Common Council.
It has final say over 43 overlay zone districts which have additional design criteria. Under a recently approved proposal sponsored by Alderman Robert Bauman, the Common Council will be able to hear appeals on any newly-created overlay zones. Bauman has been critical of the commission’s near-unanimous approval of recommendations from the Department of City Development.
Appointees serve two-year terms and are paid $3,000 annually.
Sas-Pérez would join a commission that has experienced a lot of turnover in the past two years. Architect Allyson Nemec and Riverworks business improvement district executive director Darryl Johnson have both joined the board in the past two years. Patricia Torres Najera chairs the commission, but is running for the council seat vacated by the recently-retired Terry Witkowski. Former Milwaukee Journal Sentinel architecture critic Whitney Gould and Wisconsin AFL-CIO president Stephanie Bloomingdale have served multiple terms.
Sas-Pérez’s appointment is subject to Common Council approval.
If Sas-Pérez is confirmed by the council, the commission that oversees the male-dominated real estate industry would include five females and one male.
Sas-Pérez is a resident of Sherman Park.
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Related Legislation: File 190367