Letter to the Editor: Setting the record straight with Homewood project
I attended a majority of the Homewood project public meetings and there were some issues of concern related to height, density and massing brought up at every single meeting. These are scenic as well as community character issues that everyone has a right to express an opinion about.
Just to set the record straight. There was a straw vote for a smaller project requested by a Governing Board member that received three favorable votes before the unanimous vote for the project that is in litigation today.
The grassroots conservation groups as well as the environmental groups have continually asked for appropriately sized projects that fit the current community character. Plan Area statement amendments, TRPA code amendments, how height is calculated, etc., have given the illusion that this project, as well as other recently approved projects are aligned with the Regional Plan. Without those amendments the projects would be down-sized by design utilizing the current codes in place.
Homewood is not a perfect project, but can be a better project within the confines of the current Regional Plan and code of ordinances.
The economic downturn, loss on initial investment and inability to get financial backing for large projects should not be a reason to super-size a project.
Yes, we are in much need of reasonable, responsible, redevelopment and#8212; not over-development.