Comment 103876

By Ryan (registered) - website | Posted August 11, 2014 at 19:35:00 in reply to Comment 103870

What if the community is opposed to development?

A city is necessarily a big mess of overlapping property rights and externalities. It is often a challenge to balance a property owner's right to do something with their own land against the rights of their neighbours not to have their quality of life/property values negatively impacted. It seems unreasonable to let a property owner do whatever they want, and it also seems unreasonable to grant neighbours a veto over any new development nearby.

With good rules (I prefer form- and performance-based codes to strict use zoning), evidence-based planning oversight and proactive public engagement, it becomes possible to achieve a mutually beneficial plan that meets the developer's wishes without hurting the interests of neighbours.

That process works best when there is trust: trust that the developer is socially responsible, trust that the planners are competent and fair, and trust that neighbours are willing to meet a good plan halfway. .

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