Fast Focus: Work with the people

October 7, 2012 

TOM PATTEN, Pasco

The doughnut hole controversy is a good example of what happens when city officials put their own interests ahead of their constituents' interests and forget for whom they are working. A quick drive down Road 68 would convince just about anyone that Pasco doesn't know how to develop an area without making it inconvenient and unlivable. Who could blame the residents of an area with relatively low population density for not wanting their neighborhoods to become another Road 68?

Forming another city within Pasco makes no economic sense at all but would give residents control over zoning and future development in their neighborhoods. Pasco city officials should be more interested in accommodating local residents instead of shoving annexation down their throats. If they could figure out a way to give residents control over local development, they might find that the whole controversy goes away.

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