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City to move forward with LDC suit appeal

Friday, April 10, 2020 by Elizabeth Pagano

City Council has voted to pursue an appeal of a recent ruling against the city about the ongoing Land Development Code rewrite. The ruling strikes the Council votes on the current draft and upholds protest rights for residents who oppose zoning changes to their property or property close to their homes. In response, Council members Alison Alter, Ann Kitchen, Leslie Pool and Kathie Tovo released a statement reiterating their opposition to moving forward with an appeal. The statement reads, in part, “It will be several months before the community is able to focus on the LDC revision. When the effort is re-initiated, we strongly urge that the Council respond collaboratively. We have long advocated for finding common ground. Especially now, we firmly believe that the true measure of this effort is how well we build consensus, foster mutual respect and listen to the community. That is how the city will be successful in achieving our adopted goals.” Doug Becker, who is the attorney representing the plaintiffs of the lawsuit, also responded to Council’s decision, calling it “unfortunate.” The majority of Council members supported the appeal, with Mayor Steve Adler expressing a desire to find a resolution to the conflict and move forward as a community.

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