I congratulate Commissioner Madigan on her effort to have developers/bankers produce amendments they would like to see to the inclusionary zoning proposal and sit down with Sustainable Saratoga for a public discussion of their differences. Here is her email to Chris Mathiesen.
From: “Michele Madigan” <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: “Christian Mathiesen” <email@example.com> Cc: “Brad Birge” <firstname.lastname@example.org>, “John Franck” <email@example.com>, “Skip Scirocco” <firstname.lastname@example.org>, “Joanne Yepsen” <email@example.com>, “meg kelly” <firstname.lastname@example.org>, “Maire Masterson” <email@example.com>, “frank coppola” <firstname.lastname@example.org>, “Michael Veitch” <email@example.com>, “Eileen Finneran” <firstname.lastname@example.org> Sent: Thursday, June 22, 2017 9:44:17 AM Subject: IZ Workshop with Planning Dept.
After a brief email exchange yesterday, (but many discussions) with Commissioner Franck and hearing from the public, we both believe that another IZ workshop is required and would be beneficial.
An additional way to handle the IZ ordinance is to have both the Developers/Bankers sit down with Sustainable Saratoga (the original sponsors of the IZ ordinance). This should be directed by Planning Dept. (and yourself as sponsor) and attempt to resolve the differences that I believe still exist in order to bring IZ to a successful vote. While I can redline the document, I can’t say that I can accomplish this in the allotted two weeks from the last workshop. I may need an additional two weeks or more and even then I’m not an expert on such an all encompassing zoning ordinance. I’m working on other fairly high-level projects on behalf of the City, just one of which is Parking. and it looks as though you would like a public update on Parking so that is where my energies will like over the next few weeks.
If the developers and bankers are negotiating in good faith (and I believe that they are) they will draft the changes they require to make this work. If the proponents have a problem with these then they need to draft the reasons why and how their approach will address the issues. After that the Council and the public will have clarity and the Council can weigh in on IZ. [JK: My emphasis added]
Commissioner Michele Madigan