In a case that could impact future development, a city planner faces the loss of her engineering license for underestimating the impact of removing two lanes from a key road.
Christine Fanchi, the City of Fort Lauderdale’s “livability planner” and a professional engineer, is accused of minimizing the effect of removing half the traffic lanes from almost three miles of Northeast Fourth Avenue and Wilton Drive.
The real impact is “intersection failure” at least one location, the state complaint against Fanchi alleges.
Her traffic report called the impact an “acceptable level of service.”
The state administrative case against Fanchi has a potential that reaches far beyond Fort Lauderdale and Wilton Manors.
There have been accusations for years that city planners underestimate the impact of growth on roads. If activists begin filing complaints against the planners, it could subject their pro-development reports to more scrutiny.
The complaint against planner Franchi was filed by The Florida Board of Professional Engineers. It could result in “permanent revocation or suspension” of her Florida engineering license, states the complaint.