Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Zoning change is favoritism

Regarding the proposed market in the light-industrial area, this embarrassing display of favoritism by the City Council among new commercial arrivals in our town certainly doesn't send a welcoming message to anyone else thinking of investing here. This special treatment for one applicant—the proposed market—handing out deals so he can build outside of an appropriately zoned area, certainly puts a heavy and unfair thumb on the scale against competing businesses. One lucky winner gets the financial blessing of the city, while the other new market is left blowing in the wind.

Three markets can't make it in one small town. It's inappropriate interference for the Ketchum government to be playing favorites, choosing one to coddle. And it's a real slap in the face of the hundreds of local citizens who put in so many hours working on the new Town Square, the Fourth Street corridor improvements and the art and farm markets that have all made downtown Ketchum such a welcoming place. The City Council needs to quickly back away from this misguided adventure.

Norma Douglas

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