I thought the letter you published July 12 from M. Lawson MacKenzie of Normal Heights was somewhat misleading.
Mr. MacKenzie expressed concern about Councilwoman Gloria McColl's votes on the Greater North Park Community Plan, adopted last November, and the emergency ordinance the City Council subsequently enacted. According to Mr. MacKenzie, Councilwoman McColl's votes were evidence of support for further multifamily development in North Park.
While it's true the new community plan provides for continued construction of apartments and condominiums, Mr. MacKenzie may not be aware that overall densities were reduced significantly. Under the plan, higher-density development will be encouraged in central portions of North Park, while the single-family character of other areas is preserved.
Emergency action by the council to implement residential rezonings after adoption of the community plan was essential to protect North Park from continued development inconsistent with the new plan. The intent of the emergency ordinance was certainly not to give blanket approval to new development.