By Steve Page
Measure B, the Hotel Limitation Measure, is a terrible policy proposal that would have far-ranging, detrimental impacts on our community’s economic vitality. It is a poorly-conceived, arbitrary limitation that would subvert our well-established processes for public review and evaluation of development projects. Promoted as a “people’s” initiative, its actual effect would be to rob our community of its voice in future land use decisions. Voting “no” on Measure B does not support any future hotel project.
Questions of community land use are tremendously complex, with myriad of short- and long-term issues that must be considered related to our quality of life, economics, jobs and neighborhoods. That’s why our communities have a multi-layered process, starting with staff review and continuing on to the Planning Commission, Design Review Board and ultimately the City Council.
For the advocate of any project, this can be a long, expensive and often frustrating process, but its purpose is to provide multiple opportunities for public input, analysis, discussion, redesign and compromise. Measure B’s arbitrary limit subverts this process, classifying every hotel proposal in stark black and white terms.