Posts Tagged ‘rezoning’
February 24, 2012 by wcobserver
Faithful readers of the editorials that ap- pear in this space are probably prepared for the usual arm-waving, bug-eyed rant that we spew forth when the West Fork City Council unleashes some action we judge to be worthy of ridicule. Not this time. This time, we are rendered utterly speechless by the council’s mind-boggling vote to override a judicious decision of the Planning Commission and create a two- acre, single parcel commercial zone in the midst of a residential district to accommodate the owner (who is chairman of the planning commission), because he “Has A Right” and wants a bigger tax deduction. There are few things more harmful to the character and livability a city than spot zoning, not to mention the council’s decision is an invitation to litigation. And there are fewer city councils anywhere who would so wistfully abandon any semblance of prudence. But, representative government being what it is, the decision by the council is the will of the citizens of West Fork. The council’s shortsighted irresponsibility has opened a can of worms. The ramifications of that St. Valentine’s Day massacre of common sense will undoubtedly be the topic of many future news articles and scathing editorial …Read More...
February 20, 2012 by Steve Winkler
The West Fork rezoning saga isn’t over. Mayor Frances Hime filed a letter today with City Clerk, Kristie Drymon notifying her of the mayor’s veto of the city council’s “decision in favor of Mr. Michael Landa’s Appeal of the West Fork Planning Commission’s denial of his application for rezoning of 997 McKnight from residential to commercial. In her letter Mayor Hime said she has placed Mr. Landa’s appeal on the March Council Agenda “where a discussion of any legal basis for the Council’s decision may have been contrary to the public interest.” Mayor Hime was not in attendance, recusing herself from the appeal because of her litigation with Landa. Charlie Rossetti, who served as mayor pro tem during the meeting, is currently engaged in a real estate deal with Landa. The appeal passed 6-0. Councilman John Foster was not in attendance. Read the Observer’s previous coverage of the rezoning issue here and here.Read More...
February 13, 2012 by wcobserver
WEST FORK – The Planning Commission, on Feb. 1, denied a request by Mike Landa to rezone one of his West Fork properties. Landa was asking for a commercial spot-zoning for his property, 997 McKnight Ave., which is within a residential zone in the south part of town. The rezoning of this area is an issue that’s been brought up for before — for at least a decade. Landa, the Planning Commission chair, made his case during the commission’s regular meeting, with assistance from his Benton- ville lawyer, Darrell Gibby. The specific issue surrounding the Planning Commission chair, who abstained from participating with the commission on this issue, has been a point of contention for the past few months. Meanwhile, the debate about rezoning land in West Fork’s southern-most region is nothing new for the city. “As commission chair on the other side of the table, I was disappointed and embarrassed with some irrelevant questions and points not related to the application,” said Landa in a letter to the Commission the day after the decision. “In my opinion, the application process was tainted …” Landa and his wife Kim purchased their house and two and half acres from Mayor Francis …Read More...