In advance of the City Council’s public hearing on the Mayor’s new Comp Plan – Monday, June 27 at 6:00 PM, at City Hall – we offer a collection of enlightening resources from the community. Several groups and individuals have spent enormous time and energy to read the 500-page document, to understand the changes from current policy, and to explain the effects those changes will have on the city.
It’s not a pretty picture. Mayor Murray has fully embraced the market-based ideology peddled by developers and urbanists, seemingly without regard for the impacts on how people actually live. The Mayor and his backers plan to eliminate neighborhood input into the planning process so that nothing will stand in the way of commercial development, no matter what the consequences.
Please attend the public hearing, and speak out for community involvement in land-use planning.
Wallingford Community Council: Summary Brief – June 22, 2016
A list of 8 top concerns and comments, with good notes about how to attend the hearing or write to the City Council.
Eastlake Community Council / Chris Leman: Comments – November 20, 2015
A scathing and eloquent indictment. Concludes that the Mayor’s new plan:
…would unleash unprecedented and unbalanced growth pressures upon those neighborhoods that the Comprehensive Plan since 1994 has designated as urban centers, hub urban villages, or (like Eastlake) residential urban villages. The current draft would impose on these urban centers and villages major new growth expectations while removing hundreds of protections in the current Comprehensive Plan that now ensure them some semblance of village-like livability… The current ‘update’ would transform the Comprehensive Plan into an engine of growth at any cost. Goals and policies that currently protect sustainability, livability, and public participation would be either weakened or entirely deleted. The ‘urban village strategy’ would be redefined to deny the urban centers and urban villages the balancing protections that they now enjoy in the current Comp Plan.
City Neighborhood Council – Neighborhood Planning & Land Use Committee: Comments – November 19, 2015
A comprehensive analysis and criticism of the Mayor’s changes to the Comp Plan. The first 6 pages are an excellent summary, bolstered by further exhaustive analysis and recommendations.
And for a look at how one neighborhood is responding locally, see this new and excellent community web site: