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Published on April 1st, 2015 | by Grant Sanders

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Scariest darned article of town meeting? Article 55.

Article 55 is a sleeper of a zoning bylaw change. Few are paying attention. A lot of people are more concerned with the school article (12) or the Richmond Development (53) or the hospital rezoning (70). But for me, one of the most critical articles on the warrant is 55. On face value, it appears innocuous. Just a few changes to zoning here and there. A few unconnected bit and pieces going from LUG-2 (two acre zoning) to LUG 1 (One acre zoning) and when you look at it in the map supplied with the warrant (above), it doesn’t even look like that much land. It’s a housekeeping article, right?

Wrong.

Think about what this article does. It takes a few strategically placed neighborhoods and upzones them. And once that happens, it opens the door to a raft of changes at future town meetings. All of the contiguous LUG-2 sections could then more easily be converted to LUG-1. And it’s a massive amount of potential increased density.

It’s kind of like when Germany invaded Poland. It met little resistance. After that, all of western Europe was at their doorstep. I sure hope that LUG-1 is not allowed to invade Poland at town meeting this year. Scary.


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