Apex has outgrown our current government structure, which is more appropriate for a small village. Change the town council to six members, four of which run in districts and two run at large. Change the mayor to be a “voting” mayor with more executive authority. Change the name of the Town Council to Board of Alderman, to better mark the distinction and get people to notice.
Create an environmental review board, a citizens advisory board which is a peer of the planning board, purely to review the environmental impact of a proposed rezoning considering all mitigations offered by the developer and make an approval or denial recommendation.
Basic information about school assignment and capacity status is not made available to the planning board or town council. Start making basic information about school assignment and capacity status available to the planning board and town council, so this information can be used when making zoning decisions.
The Planning Board is doing the wrong job. Clarify that the Apex Planning Board’s mission is to provide subjective judgement on the value of a development to the town, from a citizens perspective. Increase the membership by one, decrease the length of the terms, simplify the process for removing members.
Remove all or almost all current members, and start fresh.