City Plans Study of Transit Oriented Development
A major premise of transit-oriented development is that there should be greater residential density around train stations. There is a lot more to it than that, and because Councilman Cory Storch has been the primary advocate for a study, I will defer to his blog posts on the subject for background.
As for Monday's discourse on the resolution, Storch and Councilman William Reid offered contrasting viewpoints. Both have served as liaisons to the Planning Board, but while Reid said there was already a study by the city's engineering firm, Storch said the master plan specifically calls for a visioning study. Reid unsuccessfuly attempted to have the resolution tabled, then took offense at Storch's comment about "irony" in a failed move the same night to table a controversial $140,000 resolution for an outside engineering firm. Storch had wanted to cut the amount in half and to seek competitive bids in coming months.
Corporation Counsel Dan Williamson said the negotiated engineering contract could not be amended without both parties agreeing to it, but Reid's reaction to Storch's comment was to state firmly that he did not "do the business of the city with irony."
Anyway, Storch said the study would be done by "leading experts in the state" and suggested that "where development has become politicized," the use of graduate students would keep the study better focused.
Now that four of the seven City Council members have blogs or web sites where they provide information and insight on their views, it may be best to read what they have to say on major issues. Plaintalker will continue to report on City Council action and to provide background based on documents available in City Hall, but as for you, the readers and the electorate, knowing what your representatives are thinking is quite valuable. Those with blogs are Annie McWilliams, Cory Storch, Adrian Mapp and Rashid Burney. Dan Damon posts links to all on his blog, CLIPS.