Interesting article in Saratoga Today by Marissa Gonzalez on the city shutting down Gary Stone’s driving range on Weibel Avenue. What I find of interest, but not surprising, was that Mr. Stone could ignore the zoning laws of our city for so long. In the article he asks, “If there were no permits, how could it be running for twenty years?” The answer is that the city has done an appalling job of enforcing the zoning laws. The city’s Zoning Board of Appeals has set the tone by forgiving pretty much every land owner/developer who comes before them asking that they approve a variance after the fact. In Mr. Stone’s case a court upheld the city’s determination that he had 79 violations. In fact fifteen years ago, a court found Mr. Stone in contempt for his violations. He is the poster child for the utter failure of administrations both Republican and Democratic to enforce the city’s land use laws.
I will happily credit Mayor Kelly’s administration for doing what other administrations simply ignored.