A month or so ago, it appeared as if Randy Floyd might prevail in her appeal of the Urban Design Commission’s approval of the planned Lovallo residence. For background, go here.
Today, the entire board agreed to reject the appeal. After listening the hour-long debate, I’m still not clear how this happened. The same arguments were made as last time. The same obsession with an “anomoly.”
This time we heard more about how a roof line might effect perception of the street’s flow. Lovallo’s attorney, Michael Laird, seemed to score with the board when he argued the Urban Design Commission isn’t allowed to approve a design that is any closer to the curb than existing homes (Floyd was arguing this could invite more new homes to creep even closer to the curb).
Now comes the critical question: will the victorious side be gracious toward Floyd and continue fostering this rebirth of a true urban neighborhood? Maybe they can all get together on a gateway or beautification project that can go toward healing the wounds.
Interesting tidbit: Yoeckell wasn’t planning on switching his vote. He just explained to me that he misheard the motion and went along with the vote. He intends to correct the record with the minutes. His vote apparently would not have changed outcome.