Wednesday, November 09, 2005

The Brave New World of Planning

Well, the Sandy gravel pit referendum ended with the proposed zoning ordinance change being approved, which will allow the development proposed by Boyer Co. to move forward.

So what do the participants think now of this brave new world for handling planning issues? "We are really grateful to those voters who really understood why the planning commission approved this project, said Wade Williams, director of retail development for Boyer, as quoted in this morning's DesNews.

Save Our Communities...campaigned vigorously against the change... . The group bet that a grass-roots campaign run on roughly $16,000 could beat a similar group backed by the world's richest company (Wal-Mart). "I believe that if the vote had taken place before they had started campaigning, we would have won hands-on," said Robyn Bagley, a member of SOC.

What a way to decide these issues, through an election campaign. Just looking at what happened in the last few days of election campaigning in communities around me here in Davis County, there were rumors, misinformation, and deliberate smears that all came out about the candidates. Do we doubt that the same will happen in the waning days of election campaigns for planning issues on referenda or initiatives?

Welcome to the brave new world!

2 Comments:

At 10:07 AM, Blogger Hippodamus said...

You use the Sandy City gravel pit referendum as an example of "The Brave New World of Planning." I think a better example of "The Brave New World of Planning" is Soren Simonsen's (an architect, planner, and APA Utah Chapter Exceutive Committee member) election to the Salt Lake City Council.

 
At 6:06 PM, Blogger Wilf said...

Hippodamus:

Do you mean that as a positive or negative?

Just kidding. Of course, it's a great POSITIVE example of planners' involvement in the community. Ralph Becker, of course, has long been a good example of a planner involved directly in elective politics.

 

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