"[T]he staff of the Zoning Commission is recommending against the rezoning on the grounds that the action 'will destabilize the long-existing residential neighborhood.' Furthermore, staff is concerned over the loss of the historically significant Commencement House." A compromise is suggested. More here.
Staff recommendations only count for so much. "The Commission will make their own decision. The topic will likely see a great deal of discussion at the scheduled December 8,at 2:00pm meeting among those for, and against the rezoning."
And of course, Commission decisions are treated as mere recommendations by the City Council, so the Council meetings in January will be important, too. Perkins should recuse himself, interesting to see how Matheny represents his constituents -- or who he thinks his constituents are.