Wednesday, December 8, 2010

LI amendment is unfair process

We are opposed to the proposed LI text amendment, not because it will necessarily have a negative long-term effect on Ketchum, but because the current process and circumstances are unfair.

The current text amendment, if approved, will be to the extreme economic advantage of the group that wants to build a grocery store where Anderson/Stock Lumber used to be, but it will also be to the extreme disadvantage of Atkinsons' and Roxy's Market. This is unfair. Had Atkinsons' or Roxy's known the City Council would entertain such a possible text amendment, they would probably have made different decisions over the last few months/years. A business such as Atkinsons' that has given so much to our community for so many years should not be treated so arbitrarily and whimsically by the Ketchum City Council.

If the City Council really thinks a grocery store in the LI district is a good idea, then Ketchum should buy the Stock property for the price the current owner paid, pass the text amendment, then sell the property to the highest bidder. This process would give everyone an equal opportunity to benefit from the change in zoning law.

John and Jen Campbell

Blaine County

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