“There are so many things wrong and misinformed about (last week’s) letter. For one, consultants don’t decide what the project is. They take public input, review opportunities and constraints, and design concepts. If the concepts developed do not reflect the public input, it is the City Council decision to decide whether to accept the plan as presented or send the consultant back to the drawing board. Or select another consultant.
“No consultant who has an interest in continuing to be gainfully employed would push his own agenda over the community’s interests. This letter states this is a developer-driven project. Who is the developer? This is a grant-funded project led by the city. The City Council clearly heard concerns about tree protection. This is a distortion of facts that left unchecked could derail an otherwise valuable and necessary project.”