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Opinion

February 24, 2013

High density dialogue: an update

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NORMAN —

But what if it turns out that developers can't make money giving the citizens of Norman what we want? In that case, it would be appropriate to just forgo HD development. Norman shouldn't force developers to take a loss. Likewise, developers shouldn't force the citizens of Norman to accept projects that they think do more harm than good. Only mutually beneficial deals should be made.

Even though Norman is not negotiating with developers, they have something to add to the HD discussion. They can provide information about projects likely to come forward if certain rules were adopted and even try to ‘sell’ citizens on the virtues of certain sorts of HD developments. If developers rise to object that proposed rules keep them from doing what they want, however, we should tell them to sit back down. The current discussion is not the venue for that point.

Stephen Ellis

Norman

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