Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Sun Valley needs input

I would like to sincerely thank all the Sun Valley voters and other members of the community who supported me in my election to the Sun Valley City Council. I am honored to be your representative. I intend to work toward the goals expressed in my campaign, which include supporting the resort economy through regional participation and cooperation.

One of the lessons I learned in this election is to endeavor to maintain as much communication as possible with citizens as issues develop. I believe there was considerable misinformation promulgated during the campaign, resulting in confusion on the part of voters who were unaware of the inaccuracies.

In Sun Valley, we rarely have much public participation in our decision-making process. For instance, at our P&Z meeting this past summer when we voted to approve what one might characterize as the most transformative development application our city has seen since the construction of the Lodge, the new symphony venue, the room was empty, although representatives from the symphony and one resident had attended the initial review. Likewise, the meetings we are currently having to review the Gun Club rezoning and subdivision applications for potentially 395 residential units have had no citizen participation.

Not too many people are going to choose to endure tedious public meetings reviewing development applications or city budgets, especially when the sun is shining and the mountains call. But please get your voice heard through letters, e-mails and phone calls, so that important decisions for our community get made with as much input from residents as possible.

Thank you again for your support, and I look forward to working for you over the next four years.

Joan Lamb

Sun Valley P&Z chair, City Council-elect

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