Zoning Administrator Peter Gilli said that if Ryland Towne Court were to be built today, the City Council would have made public access through the development a requirement of the project. But despite the city's policy to encourage walking and bicycling, the project's 2000 approval by the City Council only required that residents of the project be allowed access through the pathway, something a locked gate would provide.
Gilli made the decision at a hearing Sept. 22 where 40 residents showed up. Opinion was evenly split among those who spoke. Half were neighbors who used the path and felt it was invaluable, while others were Ryland Towne Court residents with security concerns about loitering, vandalism and burglary because the path was open to the public.
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