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PUYALLUP: Rely on facts, not emotion

Letter by Charles A. Emlet, Puyallup on Oct. 11, 2011 at 12:20 pm | 6 Comments »
October 11, 2011 1:51 pm

The writer of “Martineau’s vision for city flawed” (letter, 10-4) condemned city councilwoman Nicole Martineau for her position on a cottage housing ordinance that would allow for a demonstration cottage housing project in Puyallup.

In my experience over the past year, the opponents of cottage housing, more often than not, cite unsubstantiated information on such projects appealing to emotion rather than fact. My suggestion is to go to some reliable sources of information, such as the Municipal Research and Services Center of Washington, that have sound, validated information on cottage housing.

You can also find a well written white paper on cottage housing on Bainbridge Island and examples of relevant city ordinances throughout western Washington. My suggestion is to start with information that can be found at: http://bit.ly/mT1WfN.

Before taking a political position on an individual or a city ordinance, it is a good idea to work from data and facts, not conjecture and emotion.

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