Letters from the edi­tor

The Covington News - - OPINION - Betsy and Sandy More­house

The Cov­ing­ton City Coun­cil is con­sid­er­ing a text amend­ment to the city park­ing or­di­nance which would sig­nif­i­cantly weaken the or­di­nance and un­der­mine its pur­pose of per­mit­ting and en­cour­ag­ing walk­a­bil­ity and pleas­ing aes­thet­ics in fu­ture commercial de­vel­op­ment. This or­di­nance has been in ef­fect since 2008; McDon­ald’s, IHOP, Kauf­man Tire, Cov­ing­ton Ford, Waf­fle House have will­ingly com­plied with it.

Much ef­fort has been made by the city to up­date zon­ing reg­u­la­tions to both en­sure and at­tract good and sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment. This text amend­ment would un­der­mine those ef­forts.

When po­ten­tial de­vel­op­ers and com­pa­nies con­sider Cov­ing­ton, they need to know that we have good, clean, “up to date” or­di­nances, that we en­force them and are con­sis­tent with them. With­out this re­as­sur­ance, good de­vel­op­ers will lack the con­fi­dence that Cov­ing­ton will pro­tect their in­vest­ments. They need to know that we don’t sim­ply re­write or­di­nances on a whim.

We en­cour­age the Cov­ing­ton City Coun­cil to main­tain the cur­rent park­ing or­di­nance un­changed and we en­cour­age Cov­ing­ton cit­i­zens to con­tact their rep­re­sen­ta­tives and ask them to re­ject the text amend­ment.

We are both so proud of Cov­ing­ton and New­ton County for the for­ward think­ing that pro­duced the Lead­er­ship Col­lab­o­ra­tive and the 2050 Plan, ini­tia­tives that will be a gift to fu­ture gen­er­a­tions – the park­ing or­di­nance is a small piece of those ini­tia­tives — let’s keep it as writ­ten.

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