"If developers had some concerns, this is a smaller bite for them to swallow," said commissioner Christine Myres. Since Mayor Dan Coody and Alderman Robert Rhoades led the purge of the Planning Commission earlier this year, members have been much more concerned with keeping developers happy than working to implement a predictable City Plan 2025.
Jim Ramsey with Paradigm Development in
The Planning Commission meets at 5:30 on Monday at City Hall, and predictably it looks like a winner for the Free Lunch Club. In addition to the scheme to gut the proposed residential design standards and possibly adding more "incentives" for developers, the Commission will consider two major residential projects out west of the bypass. Woodstock, a mixed-use planned zoning district with 382 residences, conforms to the goals of City Plan 2025 but might face opposition. The Links, a big Jim Lindsey project with 604 apartments, does not meet City Plan 2025 standards but is likely to sail through. Neither of these West Wedington mega-projects will have to pay any road impact fees to address the additional traffic congestion.