Letter to the Editor: LFP Cluster Housing vote defies previous council agreement

Monday, May 28, 2018

To the Editor:

It is now clear who is behind the effort to allow multi-family development on a large percentage of LFP properties.

At the May 24th LFP Council meeting there was one councilwoman and Mayor who were absent thus three members on Council used the absentee circumstance to push through a vote to retain the contested ordinance for Cluster Housing. This action was in defiance to the agreement made in the previous work session by all Council which was to request an extensive review and recommendations for all LFP housing development by the Planning Commission and to allow sufficient time and purpose to inform all citizens of the impacts of Cluster Housing and other housing development options. Only after those issues were addressed in meetings open to the public would Council then consider creating a new ordinance.

The three council who voted to push ahead without further review of Cluster Housing development were: John Resha, Phillippa Kassover and Semra Riddle.

A number on Council who were denied the right to vote and numbers of citizens concerned over numerous inefficiencies of the existing Cluster Housing ordinance are requesting Mayor Johnson exercise his right of veto on the vote.

Jack Tonkin, Ned Lawson, Don Fiene (past councilmembers)
Lake Forest Park


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