Letter: Regarding the Development Review Process

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Appointing a two-member Council subcommittee is a bad idea for two main reasons:

First: It moves the process out of the public view.

Second: They will “eat your lunch.”

This development team has put together a group of talented, highly skilled and well-placed individuals. They are very professional and knowledgeable. They are ready to charm you. And quite frankly, outmaneuver you.

I know the city has assembled a talented group to counter and defend. But technical excellence is not enough.

The citizenry has a right to know and participate. In the process, they will save the city from untold mistakes. Among our citizens are a number of skilled individuals who are isolated from outside influence and only care what is best for our city.

Neil Fitzpatrick, Laguna Beach

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  1. The Laguna Beach Design Review Board is known, far and wide, by their reputation.

    Why is that, do you suppose?

    Why do so many people express horror stories of the process going on for years, costing private citizens a fortune, with endless red tape?

    Usually when a governing body does something of this nature it is to justify their existence, so they can be provided with a sizable budget with which to operate moving forward.

    How is any of this in the best interests of “We the People” exactly?


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