Thursday, June 12, 2014

Post Mortem

The Stewarts' zoning change went down to defeat, while the Brewery's zoning change was approved.  Both could be characterized as "spot zoning."  The difference?

Stewarts got buy-in from the city administration which immediately pushed for it before engaging the neighbors.

The Brewery reached out to the neighbors early-on and got a buy-in from them.

People don't like to be pushed around and will respond accordingly even after concessions are made.

Utica and Developers: Learn the lesson! 

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

In both cases, "spot zoning" is technically illegal. I guess that does not matter in politics. Zoning Boards should not be political, for Stewarts or the Brewery.