Originally Posted by Brainpathology
How ironic would it be if extortion from Highland were successful and sabotaged development in the areas you do care about then.
First of all, I doubt these other areas could, or would, have the people, resources, and will to contest zoning challenges. Rather, I'm sure they'd welcome almost all types of approved development instead of being particular like the Highlands right now. So, maybe the Developers will take notice and decide to build their 5 story building in Five Points next time around. Either way, the Developers have the city on their side so if they really want to play hardball, then they will likely win.
Second of all, it's not like these zoning guidelines are carved in stone. Even our constitution can be amended by the will of the people, so why can't neighborhoods determine the continual viability of their surroundings? Or did we only have one shot at getting the nuanced zoning regulations correct and from now on the zoning regulations can never be subject to modification? Is there no recourse for change or review? I laugh at the hysterical response of some of you guys... raping babies? C'mon.. do you hear yourself?
If you feel that Highlands will be shooting themselves in the foot and will be missing out on an unbelievable 5 story condo in their midst, then I guess they'll lose out in the long run, won't they? They'll get what's coming to them as Developers will flee while everyone's property value will eventually diminish as a result. You can then say "I told you so" when the Highlands becomes a blighted mess. That will be there bed to make, while other more "stable" areas of the city will win out with more development opportunities.
The ironic thing is that the zoning blueprint was supposed to add predictability to the market, which it predominately will. And I'm sure it'll be nice and easy for 99% of the developments out there, which is a huge improvement to the patchwork grid of bureaucracy that we had before. But there will be snags, such as this one. When that happens, I would hope that zoning isn't viewed in the same manner as the Ten Commandments.