As a resident for 54 years and an architect and planner for 40, I've been involved in a number of projects, including several for UA.

To the Editor:

As a resident for 54 years and an architect and planner for 40, I've been involved in a number of projects, including several for UA.

This perspective suggests that recent efforts to piecemeal Northam Park's planning process perpetuate a questionable approach to meeting UA's infrastructure needs.

Now, 10 years after the germination of an idea and many public meetings to define the scope and budget, we come to a point where the plan is essentially cannibalized.

Phase I (Tremont parking lot) has been met with numerous criticisms: doesn't work, expensive, built before a park plan was finalized, disturbed by ongoing park construction, etc.

Approving Phase II (park reconfiguration), while excluding Northam tennis and UA senior center, simply adds to a history of Band-Aid fixes. Yes, one representative will be added to the field sports committee and senior center alternative funding is being pursued; but these still fail to properly address the overall impact on traffic, parking, safety, community activities, cooperative arrangements, utilities, scheduling, construction cost, operating cost and other components of the plan itself.

The most current move has given little regard for 70 percent of recent public comments and two key stakeholder groups that support taking a brief pause to get back on track. "Groupthink" has resulted in council's preference (save one member) for maintaining momentum over getting it right.

This is no way to plan.

Planning should be approached without preconception so the master plan is the result of the process. There is a difference between residents reacting to a plan and residents driving it.

As we have recently seen, mistakes are permanent and can be very expensive. It's worth taking the time. It wouldn't hurt to recapture some of the vision of UA's founders nearly 100 years ago.

Joel J. Snyder

Upper Arlington