Many good reasons for an update | Letters | Feb. 20
February 20, 2009 · 10:38 AM
Regarding the letters printed on Feb. 13 on permitting: I’m too new to the island (the last decade) to comment on exactly how long the update processes to the land use codes have been grinding along. However, I firmly believe that when it is finally complete (happening as we speak) the easier to understand format will offer the best available practices.
These codes, in particular the land use code, are not meant to restrict the home or land owner but are put in place based on well researched science and technical knowledge to protect a landowner’s investment.
I’d rather my neighbor be aware that I could be affected by them doing exactly what they want all the time – especially if I’m living downhill from someone who doesn’t understand the reasons why they shouldn’t clear cut their property.
As the land use code is updated, getting a permit will hopefully be easier but more importantly, explain WHY the homeowner or property developer is being made to get one in the first place and hopefully avoid the necessity (or lure?) of an ATF. The effect of actions we take on our own property does affect our neighbor as well as sometimes our entire community. We don’t live in a bubble.
ATFs may be a slap on the wrist and smell of another unusual city process but as we grow as a community we function less well solely by the creed of “live and let live.” I care that my neighbors (whom I deeply appreciate and am grateful for) are getting the highest quality of services they can to maintain and develop their property; that’s a bar that can be raised by implementing updated codes.
For a staff that’s losing co-workers and getting all they can get done working with a severe deficiency. I think they’re doing a pretty good job and would encourage anyone who has had a positive experience with city staff to speak up.