Updates from Letty – March 10, 2023

We had a lengthy and detailed work session this week on Transition Zones (aka, T Zones) to review the Planning Commission’s recommendations. As a quick summary – the proposal is to allow more “gentle density” (ie, smaller infill projects that would serve as an appropriate transition between lower intensity residential […]

Updates from Letty – March 3, 2023

We are in the supposed “lull” before budget season, which begins in earnest on March 27 when the City Manager proposes his operating budget and the Capital Improvements Program (CIP). (ICYMI, 2023 property assessments did come out last week; property owners will receive their assessment letters by the end of […]

Updates from Letty – February 17, 2023

This week’s post will be briefer ahead of a holiday weekend, but there are many links to read until my posts resume in March, including T zones following the Planning Commission’s unanimous vote this week and my thoughts. City Council will be back in session Feb 27 – I’m happy […]

Updates from Letty – February 9, 2023

It’s been a busy week and this week’s topics will reflect the diversity of everything we covered: climate change (and how it relates to density and development), affordable housing, long range city planning in the East End, and a coming soon community-wide survey. Read on! Also you might note that […]

Updates from Letty – January 27, 2023

We had a (rare) short City Council meeting this week, so I’ll take the opportunity to highlight upcoming items so you can stay informed and decide when/where to engage. Before budget season kicks off at the end of March for us, there’s a lot happening on the economic development front […]

Updates from Letty – January 13, 2023

Happy 2023! Your City Council is back in session, and we hit the ground running with a library tour, regular meeting, and work session all in one night. There are a number of good topics to share – affordable housing, outdoor dining and parking requirements, and our quarterly work plan […]

Updates from Letty – December 16, 2022

We wrapped up our last meeting of 2022 and covered topics that I expect will be continued themes in 2023 – budget guidance, speed cameras, and employee compensation. Looking ahead, we’ll be discussing the rules for outdoor dining (that were temporarily relaxed during Covid), our community climate plan, and recommendations […]

Updates from Letty – December 9, 2022

We kicked off the FY24 budget process this week with our annual joint meeting with our School Board colleagues. TL;DR: the preliminary revenue forecast is 4.2% growth over last year. Read on to learn more about what that may mean for your tax bill and key cost drivers that will […]

Updates from Letty – December 2, 2022

I hope your holiday season is off to a festive start. It was wonderful to see so many new faces at the annual “Lighting of the Trees” (and “Eating of the Snacks” if you were able to get samples from the coming soon restaurants at Founders Row). Speaking of FR, […]

Updates from Letty – November 18, 2022

With the upcoming holiday, this week’s post will be short and sweet. I am still including links, including to my previous posts, if you’d like more info or my thoughts. This week’s highlights: City Council will be back in session on November 28, so my posts will resume in two […]

Updates from Letty – November 11, 2022

In honor of those who have served bravely, our City government is closed today – thank you veterans. I hope you can join this morning’s annual Veteran’s Day ceremony, which has been moved indoors to the Community Center due to the soggy weather. We had a meaty work session this […]