During a recent forum on community plan updates, local experts discussed the problems facing the city’s model for crafting land use policy.
Photo by Sam Hodgson
Developments like this one in Allied Gardens, which is on its way to becoming an apartment complex for seniors, often get labeled as controversial or unpopular based on a hearing before a community planning group.
Community plan updates help neighborhoods articulate a vision for their future. But they’re also expensive, inefficient and complicated.
That was the central tension at the heart of a forum I moderated last night before the Allied Gardens Community Council, which falls under the Navajo Community Plan Area, an area that’s perhaps more ripe for development in the next 10 years than any other part of the city.
Allied Gardens Community Council President Anthony Wagner set up the panel to help make residents aware of the process they’d be wading into if they successfully launch an update for the Navajo community.