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Re: “Critics Crowd Burlington Meeting to Oppose Building-Height Increase

Open letter to Planning Commission:

Planning Commissioners:

I urge you to review the duties of PC members and ask you to consider the phenomena of the tail wagging the dog: https://www.burlingtonvt.gov/PZ/PC/Positio…

~Prepare municipal bylaws governing land use and development (e.g. zoning, subdivision, official map, etc), and any necessary amendments, for consideration by the City Council.

I urge you to fully exercise your options in regard to the zoning changes demanded by the Sinex pre-development agreement. It's not only about height! It's about process, and "land development, transportation, economic and social development, urban beautification and design improvements, capital improvement plans, historic and scenic preservation, the conservation of energy, the development of renewable energy resources, and natural resource protection."

I urge you to take a step back from the Sinex proposal and undertake an independent survey of current housing stock so we know exactly how much housing we have (built and permitted) in each category, and commercial, and other property, taxable and non-taxable. This would include all institutional housing and properties. By now you have seen Art Wolfe's correction of the data used by Burlington to determine need for housing.

Related to building height, of course we need a physical model of the zoning changes, and an independent feasibility study of the massive $200 million (value $400 million?) Sinex project as a potential outcome of those zoning changes.

Bottom line is you do not have the information you need to guide City Council regarding the zoning changes. If the Sinex deal is a good as he says it is, it will wait while you do your due diligence. We depend on you to do that. Your independence is unique, and wise judgement draws from that.

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Posted by leaterhune on 05/25/2016 at 3:54 PM

Re: “Contrary to Claim, Leahy Has Taken $34K Worth of Free Travel

I knew what he was when he hopped right up and saluted HRC. If he had supported our native son, he could have been an asset and a local hero. Leahy has been in Washington too long.

5 likes, 9 dislikes
Posted by leaterhune on 05/14/2016 at 9:00 AM

Re: “Will South End Revival Alter Burlington's Lakeside Neighborhood?

Go to Facebook. Search for: Pine Street Coalition: Let's Do it Right

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by leaterhune on 04/29/2016 at 8:22 PM

Re: “Years Before Jay Peak Allegations, Hoffer Questioned EB-5 Oversight

Sounds like Seven Days failed to inform the public of Hoffer's concerns. And why was that?

"In a March 2012 interview with Seven Days, most of which was never published, Hoffer questioned the program’s moral underpinnings, its economic utility and its oversight structure."

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by leaterhune on 04/27/2016 at 9:45 PM

Re: “Battering Ram: Would 'Shap for LG' Push Kesha Out of the Race?

Voters will be with Ram. Legislators who have endorsed Ram, and flip, could face backlash from voters.

2 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by leaterhune on 04/15/2016 at 11:03 AM

Re: “At Senate Hearing, Recchia Denies Stifling Self-Criticism in Report

No apology? Well of course not. No honor, no integrity, and no apology. Thank you Senator Ashe for addressing this critical issue. Cost passed along to ratepayers is a very big issue! Climate change is a YUGE issue. PSB is a dismal failure.

8 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by leaterhune on 03/25/2016 at 4:29 PM

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