Do you notice that when you say certain words, it doesn’t much matter what you do, people just fall in line? Veterans – scams all the time, but that is all you have to say. Seniors – again scams, but we are all for it. It’s for the kids. Walk for cancer…..
And so it is for business friendly. They don’t even know what the changes are supposed to be. It doesn’t matter that a business plan should be well thought out, it should be a master plan, a comprehensive plan, with significant community input. Believe me, I like dancers, but is a dance studio the same as a gym the same as an art gallery, the same as a landscaper, the same as auto repair, the same as a food server? When the business districts are in environmentally fragile areas, shouldn’t there be some consideration? If there are parking needs and safety issues, shouldn’t there be some consideration? Is that too much to ask? In a place that has been decimated by business, and where business has not thrived, shouldn’t there be some consideration? I guess not. Business friendly means we make the same mistakes over and over and over again, and watch businesses fail, and then vote for someone else who does the same thing.
Shouldn’t an issue of this much importance for the community be noticed, and shouldn’t we get to see the major change before it is made?
Some people don’t think so. They think we elect someone to be our daddy, and to tell us what is good for us. I don’t. There is a reason for the process to include public feedback. It is not supposed to be decided before it is in the public view. A code change like this requires due diligence, not heel digging.
On another note, when the transfer station closure was decided in February, and not mentioned in public until June, and never discussed at a district meeting, that is not governance.