Mayor has questions on housing plan

Before adopting “Live Salina: A Strategic Housing Plan,” Salina Mayor Jon Blanchard has some specific questions for Marty Shukert, principal of RDG Planning and Design, the firm that produced the housing study.

Blanchard wants to make sure Shukert based his policy decisions on his expertise and knowledge and was not influenced by outside special interest groups or city staff.

“I think somebody had a finger on the scale during that study,” Blanchard said in reference to the city’s developers and builders. “That is why I want to ask some questions. How did we come up with these? The city commission or commissioners never met with the planner.

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