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By Andrea Swayne
On Tuesday, City Council heard a staff report on the Town Center Initiative before deciding unanimously not to go ahead and vote to adopt it, instead setting it for election by residents.
The staff report concluded that should the initiative be passed as is, some changes in it, mainly related to parking and housing density, would likely result in rendering the Town Center/Lantern District area unable to attract developers due to the changes’ damaging effects on land values.
Only proponents of the initiative spoke during public comment.
The council also voted unanimously to direct the city attorney to prepare an impartial analysis, to adopt a motion calling for two members of council (mayor and mayor pro tem) to prepare an argument opposing the initiative and authorize the appropriation of $50,000 from the general fund for election services. Council also voted 4-1 (Councilman Joe Muller voting against) to allow the filing of rebuttal arguments from the initiative’s authors.
The initiative will submitted to voters in the June 7, 2016 regular election.