Problems with existing process?

Editor, Index-Tribune:

A recurring theme of those who oppose Measure B is, “Let the existing process work.”

The existing planning process – so the argument goes – allows developers to present their projects and hash out differences with irate city residents on a case-by-case basis, all under the supposedly unbiased eye of city planners and City Council who, under the existing General Plan, approve or reject all controversial developments.

Those against Measure B trust this existing process to regulate large hotel development. They’re against Measure B because it asks voters to change the General Plan to limit new hotels to 25 rooms or less, unless and until existing hotel occupancy rates reach 80 percent.

Opponents claim Measure B disrespects the existing process and city officials who, after all, were selected by the voters. In short, they suggest residents can be trusted to choose their officials but aren’t bright enough to decide what sort of town they want to live in. Fathers Know Best.

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