The Accessory Dwelling Unit zoning ordinance amendment was to be the big topic at Tuesday’s Lowell City Council meeting, but that turned out not to be the case. The City Solicitor apparently notified Councilors by email before the meeting that the amendments to the ordinance adopted by Councilors two weeks ago were a substantial enough change to the version of the ordinance that had been advertised for a public hearing to require an entirely new advertisement and public hearing to be held on the amended proposal. I say “apparently notified” because from comments by Councilors and the Solicitor during the meeting, this legal opinion was distributed to Councilors by email earlier in the day. Consequently, the notice was not included in the “meeting packet” that went online on Friday.
Of course she doesn’t know what it is. It is climate change, it is the continued deforestation of Lowell, and the resulting heat island that has been created.
You write: I think “what it is” is global warming and I’m not sure the city is doing enough to prepare for its consequences, but we’ll leave that for another day.
Agreed. The head in the sand approach to climate change is alive and well.