Kent neighborhoods are about to get answers to vital questions about how our city is being run.
In relation to the mini strip mall proposed for the former funeral home at 1005 E. Main St., the Planning Commission, which meets Tuesday, will address at least four questions:
(1) Does the Planning Commission have the legal authority to disapprove/deny a site plan based on its judgment it would have negative impacts on the health, safety and general welfare of the city, especially on residents living in proximity to the planned commercial use?
(2) Is the Kent zoning code clear about the standards that apply to "permitted" and "conditionally permitted" uses, or ambiguous and therefore to be interpreted in favor of retail developers?
(3) As argued by the city, does the planned and integrated strip mall, featuring a drive-thru window, resemble the scope and purpose of the popular Robin Hood-Captain Brady's complex (1930s), or renovated FedEx/Kinkos Plaza (1965)?
(4) Finally, does it appear the current city administration is working equally hard for neighborhood citizens and a retail developer to encourage a positive commercial use for one of Kent's most valuable properties?
Plan to attend the meeting Tuesday to find answers to these and other basic questions about how our university city is currently being run.
Kim & Fay Ann Sebaly