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Vote with people or conscience?

Posted: Wednesday, February 15, 2017 9:00 am

This past Thursday’s bough assembly meeting was a somewhat curious one insofar as consistency. Question: In a representative democracy such as ours, does this mean assembly members should vote based on their own views and opinions or that of their constituents?

The announced purpose of Thursday’s work session was to give borough staff direction as to changes in borough code necessary to support construction of accessory dwelling units here in Kodiak. As one assembly member described them, they are basically small, efficiency apartments built on properties not zoned for duplex occupancy. Otherwise stated, if the property is zoned for two families, it’s a duplex; zoned for single-family residency, it’s an ADU. Regardless, as this assemblyman pointed out, a duck is still a duck.

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