For better or for worse, ROMA’s density bonus recommendations aren’t likely to be adopted anytime soon. The Planning Commission believes that not all party’s concerns have been addressed and they are requesting a four-month review period. My experience with the density bonus recommendations is that ROMA and the City’s Planning and Development Review Department went above and beyond what was necessary to gather input. They’ve held town halls and sought out stake holder input, ad nauseam. Did it feel like a seminar? Yes, at times, because these are complicated issues with a learning curve. As someone that’s opined at these input gathering sessions, I always felt my opinion/concerns/questions were being listened to. Anyone that hasn’t weighed in on this yet cannot credibly claim they’ve not had the opportunity to do so. Difficult decisions will need to be made that will not always assuage the concerns of all parties.
I’m still ambivalent on the density bonus. But it’s easy to be frustrated with City Council and the Planning Commission because there has been a year of planning and citizen input on the recommendations put forth. What does that say about the process of stakeholder input? Maybe an additional four month review is warranted, but the notion that ROMA and the City’s Planning and Development Review Department have not made every effort possible to seek input is patently false, and leaves me to be skeptical that this is nothing more than junk-politics at work.