A powerful ZBA moment

Three proposed projects for multiple units in different neighborhoods were rejected by the Zoning Board of Appeals last week.

One of the projects especially attracted attention as it is a property on Linden Street owned by a close friend and supporter of the mayor.

It is a former rooming house recently bought and the developer had hoped to build a 12 unit structure in its place.

We don’t believe parking is an issue, which makes the ZBA decision to deny the proposed development in a crowded neighborhood of the city all the more extraordinary.

What is surprising, and what is amazing, when we boil down the politics of the ZBA, is that the ZBA appears to have stood up for itself and made a decision that was not dominated by the mayor’s belief that every property in the city can be developed as more units in neighborhoods that are already congested and without adequate parking for all its residents.

By rejecting these three development proposals, the ZBA appears to be taking a stand on behalf of the neighborhoods instead of buckling to the demands of developers.

Of course, all three rejections can, and will likely be, appealed.

And it is also likely that upon appeal, the plans will be approved.

However, in this instance, last week, the ZBA showed some spine and independence.

More importantly, the ZBA was inclined to consider the needs and wants of the neighborhoods and of its homeowners and res- idents in holding up three developments so that the issues of parking and congestion can be appropriately confronted and discussed in the public forum.

We take our hats off to the ZBA.

Last week was big medicine in treating runaway development and especially overdevelopment in the neighborhoods.

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