Fitch Mountain Projects
“The Healdsburg City Council allocated $2.77 million for the public access improvements in the 2022-23 budget.” (“Fitch Mountain Projects Underway,” Aug. 17.) So the City Council is spending almost $3 million for trail improvements on Fitch Mountain. What about fire prevention?
Last time I was up there, the place was full of Scotch broom undergrowth that burns like napalm. What about all the septic tanks on Fitch Mountain that leak their excrement in our town’s water supply on the Russian River? But no, let’s build a pretty trail and some parking lots. Good grief!
I don’t find anything funny about Bruce Abramson’s plea for transparency and a partnership with builders before and during the plans submitted to the planning commission (Letters, Aug. 10).
As of the last few years, the trend is to build, then negotiate later. The Ruse is a good example of this. The developer spent millions of dollars building a private club in a residential neighborhood.
How this happens is beyond me. With our mayor living next door and the general contractor being the chair of our planning commission running the show.
It’s clear that our government is looking the other way and is no longer our moral compass. We can’t just sit back and assume that the rules will be the guiding principles we have voted for. Money talks, and it appears our government is not immune to greed.
What we need to do is adopt a hypervigilant stance at all times. Neighborhoods have to form watchdog groups that prevent tourist-oriented building in neighborhoods. We are not just at the tipping point; we are well beyond that point. It’s more like a free-for-all. The highest bidder wins.
Briefly, another example is the modern monstrosity built at 728 University Ave. A multimillion dollar B&B that is totally out of character for the neighborhood. Take a long look at this house and decide if this kind of transient occupancy development, while it enriches the city coffers, is a kill shot to the families who live near. Rents will skyrocket.
Thank you, Bruce, for stating the obvious. Our city government has lost track of what’s important.
The Planning Commission’s review of Piazza’s hotel permit for 400 Healdsburg Ave., set to be heard at the Aug. 22 meeting, was delayed. Scott Duiven, planning and building director, told the ‘Tribune’ on that date, “As you are aware, we have received arguments regarding the completeness determination for this project and how its timing relates to the adoption of the ordinance limiting hotels within the Downtown Commercial and Plaza Retail zoning districts. The arguments are lengthy and require additional time to review. As such, the City pulled the item from tonight’s Planning Commission agenda in order to fully review the issues raised.”