If you are concerned about overdevelopment in Carmel and about the city council’s frequent disregard of established residential zoning despite years of neighbors’ objections to rezones, then please vote accordingly in the Nov. 5 general election.
Public records show that all of the incumbents (except for Tony Green, unopposed) have voted to approve virtually every proposed rezone/development during the past four years. Also, council committees have rarely scaled back these projects, even though nearly every development proposal in residential areas has violated the current zoning in terms of lot size, density or permitted uses.
Most Carmel residents don’t speak out against overly intense development unless the affected property is nearby. But every approved residential rezone sets a precedent, and the next incompatible proposal may be near your neighborhood.
The best way to limit the ongoing rezoning of residential property in Carmel is to vote against the city council incumbents who have repeatedly supported these rezones. Residents in the Northwest, Central and Northeast districts have an opportunity to vote instead for a Democratic challenger.
For those who might be hesitant to vote for a Democratic candidate, it is worth noting that party labels do not necessarily have the same meaning at the local level as compared to the state and national levels. Furthermore, it can easily be argued that our current mayor and city council have not upheld the basic Republican principles of limited government and fiscal conservatism. Instead, we are seeing massive development projects being driven directly by local government, while the resulting deficit is approaching $15,000 for every resident of Carmel.
Where possible, please take this opportunity to protect our residential zoning by voting for the challenger to the incumbent from your city council district.
Dave Fox, Carmel