A recent letter about the Sergeant Jasper site calls for a sit-down between the city and the Beach Company.

Good intentions make bad policy, and entering into what one would call “contract zoning” opens the door for all developers to meet and greet with government bureaucrats to advance private property interests.

Calling for area residents to provide the final approval would be another mistake.

There is nothing wrong with the current process. Zoning regulations can be amended, and either the developer abides by them or challenges the down zoning as a taking, proffering proof of his stance in a court of law. This does not mean that lawyers will win and taxpayers lose.

Dennis J. Donahue Jr.

Pelican Reach

Isle of Palms