By: Diane Benjamin
I attended Normal’s Planning Commission meeting last night. I only stayed for 3 hours, it was still going on when I left.
Here’s the takeaway: When government claims it can’t protect your property rights because laws and regulations don’t allow it, your government needs replaced with one who understands the Constitution.
See this website to learn about the people behind the addition to Wintergreen subdivision: https://fairlawn-capital.com/
Page down – State Senator Jason Barickman is a partner. Last night he got the head of the EDC, the head of the Chamber of Commerce, the former head of the Realtors Association, builders and others to put on a dog and pony show for Koos’ handpicked Commission.
Next – look at the Featured Projects – all rentals.
This group has refused requests from the current residents of Wintergreen to meet. The only bright spot during the 3 hours was when members Mike Matejka and Rachael Lund attempted to table a vote until September so a meeting the lawyer representing Barickman’s group claimed they would be more than happy to arrange could happen. They were out-voted by the rest of the Commission.
Barickman wants to build much smaller and denser properties that will decrease the value of existing homes. From the Fairlawn website it looks like the houses/townhomes could be built only to rent them. Even though they are cheaper than existing houses, the cheapest house starts are $319,000. They aren’t building affordable housing. Meanwhile, the existing homes are at a minimum over $450,000 with many being much more. Barickman doesn’t care what happens to property values because of what he wants. Residents are concerned about traffic because of these denser properties bringing in more people. There were also concerns about space at the elementary school. The Commission slammed it through anyway.
One more note: Citizens rejected RC McBride as a council Trustee, so Koos put him on the Planning Commission. He is the chair. Koos doesn’t care what citizens think. (obviously)
You will own nothing and be happy
The goal of the World Economic Forum: https://knowyourmeme.com/memes/youll-own-nothing-and-be-happy
I have a lot of video. I posted this one because the speaker calls out Jason Barickman. He should be ashamed of himself but won’t be. He’s got money to make while abusing whoever gets in the way. The Normal Town Council will not look at facts, they will be told they have to approve this development. Funny thing is this will be at the next Council meeting – before the minutes are approved by the Planning Commission. Those minutes could say whatever is necessary to pass it. Karyn Smith was there. Let’s see if she stands with citizens or the Town.