There is confusion regarding my position on the participation of Venice architects and developers in the Local Coastal Plan public workshops.
The article (Times, Oct. 6) states that I objected to "the presence . . . of architects and design professionals who have taken on the title of 'facilitator.' " I have never objected to the presence and full participation of any Venice architect or developer at these workshops. My complaint focuses on the special emphasis given this group by the city Planning Department.
It is important to understand that the Planning Department's task for these workshops is to receive community input on design standards for new development in Venice. When the Planning Department created the "facilitator" role, it did so for the ostensible purpose of advising the public on such questions as how zoning laws impact building design, and so on. The Planning Department then invited Venice architects and developers to be the "facilitators." That's how the problem began.
First, there was no need for Venice architects and developers to become "facilitators" since they were already participating in the workshops as volunteers (like the rest of us), and could give advice whenever they wished on any design subject.