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Littleton City Council ousts planning board member

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By Ramsey Scott

The Littleton City Council has voted to remove Scott Ranville from the city’s planning board.

Ranville, who was removed from the board May 21 on a 6-0 vote, was appointed to the volunteer panel in April and had attended two meetings, including a postponed hearing on the proposed Broadstone development project on May 13.

The developers of that project, Alliance Residential Co., had requested a postponement of the hearing so they could rework the proposal. The city’s planning department was set to recommend the planning board not approve the development.

The council, in its discussion before voting to remove Ranville, referred to e-mails sent among Ranville and other members of the planning board after the May 13 meeting.

In the e-mails city council referred to, which were sent to the planning board and members of the planning department, Ranville expressed his anger over his time being wasted.

“When Glen (Van Nimwegen, the community development director for Littleton) cancelled the public hearing he should have sent out a revised agenda so that we were prepared to discuss the comp plan. Because of the disrespect for our time and poor time management skills, I will not be attending the special meeting,” Ranville wrote.

In another e-mail, Ranville said the planning department should have informed the board of the change in schedule.

“If the staff is going to tell the citizens and the applicant that the meeting is cancelled and not come prepared for the items on the agenda, you should have the common curiously to tell us the planning commissioners,” Ranville wrote. “You wasted my time and I do not take that lightly.”

During the May 13 meeting, Ranville asked if the board could discuss the city’s Comprehensive Plan since the scheduled discussion on the Broadstone project had been canceled. 

He was told by Van Nimwegen that the planning department was not prepared to discuss the Comprehensive Plan.

“There has been action and communication from Mr. Ranville, which the council and several planning board members felt was unprofessional and inappropriate,” Littleton Mayor Debbie Brinkman said in a statement issued after the vote. “The council continues to support Mr. Ranville’s Human Life Project, a city design competition for high school and junior high students.”

Ranville said he was disappointed that the council had ousted him but that he didn’t want to get into a confrontation with the city.

“For my side, I don’t want to create more division within the city. I guess form my point of view I don’t agree with what they did,” Ranville said. 

Ranville said he would miss the May 29 meeting as a protest for what he saw as the board’s time being wasted. That special meeting had been called to discuss the city’s comprehensive plan, which is in the process of being overhauled.

Ranville said he informed the board when he was appointed in April that he would be unable to make the June 24 meeting because he had committed to attending a conference at that time.

During the May 13 meeting, Ranville asked if the board could discuss the city’s comprehensive plan, since the scheduled discussion on the Broadstone project had been canceled. 

He was told by Glen Van Nimwegen, the community development director for Littleton, that the planning department was not prepared to discuss the plan.

“Not showing up to the May 29 meeting was a protest no-show because we had ample time to talk about it at the 13th meeting,” Ranville said. “It was basically a protest no show, because there was time during the normally scheduled meeting that I thought we could have used instead of calling a special meeting on the 29th.”

A request for an interview with the board’s chair, Randy Duzan, had not been responded to by press time. 

 

Contact Ramsey Scott at ramsey@evergreenco.com or 303-933-2233, ext. 22, and follow him on Twitter @RamseyColumbine.