Letters to the Editor

Initiatives hurt neighborhoods

Spokane is recovering from one of the worst economic recessions in our recent history and now two groups, Envision Spokane and Spokane Moves to Amend the Constitution (SMAC), are proposing local ballot initiatives that will have a chilling effect not just on businesses of all sizes, but on anyone considering our community as a place to move or to grow.

Entrepreneurs have made the Perry District, Browne’s Addition and Garland District neighborhoods more vibrant, attractive and safe. Envision’s “Community Bill of Rights” could make it nearly impossible for similar projects by requiring entrepreneurs or even established developers to seek permission from each neighborhood resident before moving forward with their plans. That makes no sense and won’t improve property values over the long term or our overall quality of life.

It’s important to keep in mind that business and residential development are already subject to extensive citizen comment and public review.

That’s why I support the move by the Spokane County Commission and community leaders to seek a judge’s ruling on whether either of these proposals is even legal. We want to support our economy, not put illegal roadblocks in the way.

Matthew Gerber

Liberty Lake

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