Opinion

Simpson: Paradise Valley needs leaders to work calmly, collaboratively

Posted 7/24/22

The candidates forum sponsored by the Independent gave more than a glimpse of individuals: we heard details about the fiscal health of our town and the inner workings of how well it has been managed …

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Opinion

Simpson: Paradise Valley needs leaders to work calmly, collaboratively

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The candidates forum sponsored by the Independent gave more than a glimpse of individuals: we heard details about the fiscal health of our town and the inner workings of how well it has been managed over the last couple of years under Mayor Jerry Bien- Willner, and current council.

No wonder we have so few candidates running for office, unlike when I first ran for office. How refreshing to hear. Thank you and please continue!

Vice Mayor Thomasson, a clear leader, best articulated the changes in the town and how homes today have become taller as well as larger and the sheer volume of that house may overwhelm an older home nearby, confusing some about our restrictive zoning.

Living in an older territorial home, I understand some of the extreme changes that exist but applaud the rights of every property owner to live their dream, if they stay within our codes.

Christine Labelle suggested a Design Review of some sort. Residents have repeatedly rejected ideas to stifle individuality or creativity. We have tweaked codes to ensure that the massing doesn’t occur near the property line, and recently reviewed how pads are built up. The secret is in enforcement. If you see something amiss: call Town Code Enforcement. Neighbors can be the first line of defense against infractions.

Christine says she became involved because of the proposal to allow a view fence on a 3-foot wall. No, it was never passed by council, but was turned down by planning.

Council never voted and rarely overturns planning. And shouldn’t.

Don’t want walls in your neighborhood? Solution: don’t build. Agree to minimize height. Wall heights are a maximum not a requirement.

We need leaders who work calmly and collaboratively to direct all ideas through proper channels so commission, staff and resident input is respected.

“The Sky is Falling In” has never been a good business model.

I called for civility during this election. Paul mentioned the mud slung at him, thankfully not returned.

Gandhi said “politics without principle is a deadly social sin.”

There is enough turmoil in the world. Try to keep our home a paradise, please.

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