Re: Proposed restaurant parking March 3-9 Editor: These parking problems are just a symptom of a larger land development issue that exists in the Bluffs. The majority of business properties in our area are nonconforming. Most sites do not meet our land development requirements. I think that is one reason so few properties have been redeveloped or improved.
Many sites can only be developed by purchasing an adjacent property and tearing down that structure, then developing the two sites as one. This is a very expensive proposition. It has hindered reconstruction in our area, even as we experience the lowest prime lending rate in decades.
Property is a valuable commodity and should not be ignored, nor forced to lie fallow. Too strict parking requirements will only make more sites nonconforming, punishing property owners unnecessarily. This is a difficult issue, but I feel cooperation will benefit everyone. The state requires a review of our comprehensive plan.
This will be coming up soon. After that plan is reviewed and written, it should then be a priority to review our land development codes and see if changes are warranted.