A LITTLE HISTORY TO TITLE 21
WHY IS TITLE 21 BEING HELD UP?
The Mayor wants to weigh in. Sure, why not? But the Mayor was in office for over a year before hiring Mr. Coffey to review the draft rewrite. Why couldn't he
have weighed in during that time? Now we have to wait another year? His term is only three years! Let's get it done.
* The Economic Impact Analysis is flawed. Baloney. A detailed economic evaluation tool was developed by an independent consultant to test the code. Runs of the model show in the majority of cases, costs are the same or less than development under the current code.
* Pre-application design costs and the municipal staff review time/costs wil be too high as the new code is implemented. Okay, sure, there will be a transition period that will exist no matter what changes are enacted. After everyone is used to the new code, the pre-application design time and the staff review time will be about the same as today.
* Some say the new code is a "taking." The new code does not "take" from land owners but rather "gives" to land owners, either by requiring less land to build the same sized building, or allowing them to build a larger building (and thus collect more rent) on the same sized parcel of land.
* There are "holes" in the rewrite. This is incorrect. There are a few sections set aside to be dealt with later but the planning staff has prepared adequate transition code to use until those are ready.
* It's the product of planners and they have never built anything! These revisions to our land use laws are hardly recognizable as the ones from the planning staff. The public process has lead to countless changes large and minute. As chair of the Assembly's committee for years, the provisionally adopted chapters already bear Mr. Coffey's mark throughout.
* It's not perfect yet! That's true. And parts that are great now will probably need to be changed in the future as the city's needs change. That's the nature of these things. Even as we've been rewriting the code, we've frequently amended the "Cold" code. The revision may not be perfect, but i's pretty close and we can continue the pattern of amendments as changes are needed.
* The new code will increase bus ridership and that is subsidized! Yep. A reputable group made this complaint. Gosh. Less traffic, less land cleared for parking. We should hope for more problems like that!
SIGN THIS PETITION SO THAT ....
* The Assembly will adopt the Title 21 Rewrite immediately, in the form in which it was provisionally adopted.
* The Mayor and others will bring the changes forward as amendments to the provisionally adopted chapters.
* Amendments are reviewed by the city's professional planners who understand the city's adopted comprehensive plans, and who represent the values expressed by thousands of citizens during the creation of Anchorage 2020.
* All Anchorage residents are able to trust that local government operates using an honest and open public process.
* Assembly members will take this ball back onto their court. The legislative branch makes the laws, the executive branch implements the laws. The Assembly should not let the Mayor outsource their job!
WHEN YOU'VE SIGNED, pass the link around to all of your friends in Anchorage. Let's see if we can get 1,000 signatures for the Assembly Meeting.