Development Opinion Your Views — 03 February 2012
Opinion: Compromise over conflict

To the editor:

Finally, a plan featuring countless hours of residents’ input, widespread support and numerous compromises — passed!

Thank you to the city council members who voted in favor of the plan, including Mayor Bill Euille, Vice Mayor Kerry Donley, Councilman Paul Smedberg, Councilman Rob Krupicka and Councilwoman Del Pepper. Never in this community has there been such widespread support of any plan from residents, city officials and the city’s boards and commissions. Passed 6-1 by the planning commission, endorsed by the city’s waterfront committee, and the parks and recreation department to name a few, the plan also includes the support of the Del Ray Business Association, the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce, the Alexandria Economic Development Partnership, and the Alexandria Convention and Visitors Association. This is the kind of consensus we should always strive to reach.

I am grateful and look forward to working with council members to take the next steps to implement the waterfront plan.

- Gina Baum
Alexandria

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