Like question 2D on last fall’s election ballot, where the city got voter approval for its new supersized administration building, comparing it to the library when in fact it far exceeds size limits for downtown. The 298-word ballot question crafted for the Lift One A project is also misleading.
In plain speak it might read as follows:
Shall the city allow the Lift One A development to proceed as planned?
With special 85 percent relief from the employee housing mitigation fund, even though the project exceeds existing zoning regulations.
This 31-word version is straightforward, but still misleading.
Other issues, somehow excluded from public discourse on this issue:
The disruption caused by 11,000 dump trucks hauling excavation dirt. (If it took 110 days, every five minutes one will rumble through town.) What is the plan for this river of noise and air-polluting trucks? Is there a plan for sound and air pollution technologies to minimize their impact?
The ballot asks voters to approve circa $5 million in subsidies, but this is misleading too.
The reduction of the affordable housing fees has not been considered.
City law is that for each new full-time employee created by a development, the city can charge fees between $111,438 - $381,383.
If only 100 new jobs were generated the developers, with the city's generous discount, would receive an additional $9.5 million and $32 million of subsidies.