Friday, November 19, 2010

Keep integrity of city zoning

As I become more involved in the community, I have questions concerning the fairness and integrity of the City Council when it comes to zoning issues.

Two and a half years ago, I attended my first City Council meeting to listen to council members trying to justify how affordable housing could be located at the south end of the Big Wood golf course when, in fact, the land had been left in perpetuity to be undeveloped or to enhance the Big Wood golf course only.

Now, we are talking about rezoning the light-industrial area to allow a grocery store. This comes just months after an "out of towner" came into town and in good faith plunked down over $1 million to buy and refurbish a much-needed second market. How in good conscience could some council members vote yes to approving another grocery store knowing full well that it will adversely affect the new people's decision to locate here? This is not right; it is not fair.

On Tuesday, I attended an economic development meeting where it became clear that we need to attract more businesses, tourists and young people. How are we going to be effective doing this when a potential investor or new business cannot trust that the existing zoning laws will still be in place when they arrive?

David Theobald


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