City needs to change zoning regulations
According to the current zoning regulations for the Lawrenceville downtown overlay district, if a business or property owner within the overlay district wishes to develop his property for some purpose; enlarge, expand or upgrade his existing buildings or property; significantly change the outward appearance of his existing buildings; or simply wants to change the use of his property from one type of business to another his property becomes subject to the requirements of the architectural standards.
Because it is extremely difficult, if not impossible, for a property owner to comply with the overly complex architectural standards, he will likely have to file for one or more variances in order to develop or change his property.
However, according to the current zoning regulations for the overlay district, if a property owner files for even a single variance, he gives up his current zoning classification and is automatically brought into the new zoning classification for his property under the overlay district.
This is a critical point because the new zoning classification will likely prevent the property owner from developing or changing his property as he intended.
Depending on the amount of opposition that is expected, the Lawrenceville City Council may be discussing readopting the ordinances mentioned above. It may also take up the issues with the director of planning and zoning that were raised at the last City Council meeting.
If you are a property or business owner in the city of Lawrenceville or if you have had issues with the Lawrenceville Planning and Zoning Department, you must voice your opinions concerning these critical issues.
- Parker Gann
No comparing Iraq to World War II
I'm tired of the ludicrous right-wing attempts at trying to justify the war in Iraq by comparing it to World War II. With all due respect and appreciation for our brave troops in both wars, their loyalty and dedication are no different. But the reasons for these two wars are as different as day and night.
Initially, we entered World War II in retaliation for the unjustified and horrendous attack by Japan at Pearl Harbor. We subsequently joined with our European allies to drive back the Nazi war machine in its attempts to take over Europe and eventually the world.
The basic reasons for our entry into the war are clear, concise and real, and our involvement was warranted and crucial to ensure the future of the entire free world.
Why did we invade Iraq? Well, you can take your pick of "reasons." The Bush administration has developed and promoted an ample supply of them: The U.N. inspection, at about two months in, was taking too long and Iraq definitely had weapons of mass destruction; Saddam Hussein had contact with al-Qaida; Iraq was trying to buy uranium from Africa.
Later, when no WMDs were found, the argument became: Isn't the world better off without Saddam? And, all else having failed, the rationale became bringing democracy to Iraq and the Middle East - and aren't they embracing it with open arms?
Let's stop clouding this issue by confusing the bravery of our soldiers with the reasons for the war.
- Michael D. Bence