City Council Overrides Mayor Elorza’s Zoning Change Veto

Published in Advocacy Alerts.

The City Plan Commission found the zoning changes inappropriate. The City Council’s own Ordinance Committee voted against the changes–TWICE–following an unprecedented second public hearing to accommodate the developer’s schedule, or strategy. Mayor Elorza intervened with his veto power due to concerns over the project.  And yet, on Thursday 10 members of the City Council overrode the Mayor’s veto to accommodate one developer’s assault on Providence’s zoning ordinance.  

PPS appreciates Councilwoman Harris’ diligent consideration of the project when the weight of a super majority vote landed on her shoulders. But we are sorely disappointed that she reversed her previous vote against the zoning changes, thus allowing this grossly inappropriate project to move forward.

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