The Lakewood Whole Food Debate Continues

Rick Wamre and Jeff Siegel over at the Lakewood Advocate have been doing some great writing on the plan for the new Whole Foods in Lakewood. Here’s the most recent. As a plan commissioner and a Whole Foods customer I’m looking forward to hearing this case and judging it on its merits, as we always do at the CPC.

I’m sure when this deal is all said and done, there will be fingers pointed at the Plan Commission and the City Council by whichever side that didn’t win. I have no problem with that – it goes with the territory. We’re all grownups here.

In his piece, I’m glad that Rick thoughtfully mentions that the overall plan commission will “likely follow their lead” (meaning the lead of the commissioner in a given council district) instead of pushing the idea that we always vote in lockstep with other commissioners in their districts. That type of thing is often pushed by people that didn’t get their way when a case was heard by the Plan Commission. If people see the amount of time we spend on cases week in and week out, they’d know otherwise. The way it really happens is not exciting enough to move newspapers or web traffic.

Just a hint on the aspect of “following someone’s lead” It happens sometimes. When it does, it’s usually because the commissioner has spent a lot of time in their district on an issue. However, we have a ton a 9-6 and 8-7 votes on many issues. Come visit us, and that’s what you’ll see.


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