CAC Commissioner Jennifer Kangas tried to rationalize her, and others', actions to trash the Clintonville Plan.
To the editor:
"I listened to my constituents who live at Wesley Glen and on Fenway Road. ... Neighborhood plans were never intended to be rigid regulations, they were intended to be a framework and its necessary to maintain a certain degree of flexibility when looking at these things. ..."
With these words, CAC Commissioner Jennifer Kangas tried to rationalize her, and others', actions to trash the Clintonville Plan.
Framing the decision as a need to keep the Wesley Glen's new employee parking lot as close as possible to the High Street commercial corridor, she advocated the destruction of two homes and construction of a parking lot in neighborhood back yards.
These actions, in the strongest way, trash the Clintonville Plan. Flexibility does not mean throwing everything citizens worked hard to protect out the window. Flexibility means working together to come up with a solution the community can live with.
In the end, it was the actions of a few that helped to circumvent the wishes of the citizens of Clintonville. Actions such as refusing to consider alternatives to parking lots in back yards. Actions such as CAC chairman John DeFourny signing up on the speaker's list as an opposition speaker, and then recommending the variance be granted. Actions such as pitting one group of neighbors against another.
If we are ever to have the good and wise development that we were all working toward when we developed the Clintonville Plan, we must never let this happen again. If you want a strong residential and business Clintonville community, let your voice be heard. Contact your CAC commissioner and Columbus City Council, and let them know that the Clintonville Plan is to be followed and not trashed.
If you don't, Joni Mitchell's famous song may be about your neighborhood, for as we found out, they will pave paradise and put up a parking lot.