By gum we got ourselves a bonafied local election issue. The irony is that everyone thinks the election on Tuesday is "just" the Michigan Republican Presidential Primary. So the YES For Allendale and the NO forces are taking to the mailboxes and phones to get the word out.
At issue is a zoning argument. An "outside" developer wants to put up a high rise apartment building into the GVSU off-campus housing mix. Now I could do research, but given the flood of mailings, etc, why look up facts? It involves a five or three-story high complex. In an area not zoned for high density housing. A transitional zone. It'll tower over Allendale. It won't be more sprawl. It averages occupancy density with a nearby neighborhood. Or a field. It will create jobs. It will pump money into the community. It will hurt existing local apartment complexes. It will create cheaper housing. It will hurt an already less than 100% apartment and dorm occupancy rate. The zoning issue was voted on several times by the township authorities. The fix is in. It endangers good Allendale family band Christian values.
Clear about this?
Mrs. Dr. Phil has commented that the valid arguments for each side don't match the agenda items being promulgated. My comment is that we're just not the target audiences for either campaign -- we tend to read the actual ballot issue instead.
But it has been a while since there's been a big local issue on the ballot. Even when it might be forgotten in the midst of a bigger national primary. Can't figure out which way Allendale will go on this -- we'll see.