A group filed paperwork today in opposition to the Wholestone Foods ballot initiative. But all of this legal wrangling could have been avoided.
The mayor and council have stated several times there is nothing they can do to stop WF from building a slaughterhouse, but that isn’t true.
As I have mentioned in the past, after Shape Places passed both the council and voter’s muster it was set in ordinance (city charter law) but that doesn’t mean the city council can’t amend it. They have already amended it several times when it comes to signage and building codes.
As it stands right now, the power of the council to either accept or reject conditional use permits for large projects like this was eliminated in Shape Places.
BUT, after the ballot initiative signature drive started the council could have easily amended Shape Places within 30 days and brought back conditional use permits for projects of this nature. They could have rejected most of the permits, especially when it comes to water usage.
The mayor and council are telling you they are powerless to stop this train, but that isn’t true.