Those who came to speak were given a two-minute limit, complete with a timer giving green, yellow and red lights based on the amount of time remaining. The time limit upset some residents who argued that they should have more opportunity to comment on such a lengthy set of amendments with potentially far-reaching consequences.
"This thing is gonna be a nightmare," said Loyal Ploof,[former mayoral candidate, friend of Green causes, and] a resident of the Old North End. He also cautioned against a proposal that would reduce the number of parking spaces required for a small area of the city; a move some have said has been done to allow a Community and Economic Development Office project to go forward.
"Stop giving CEDO a blank check," Ploof said.
Rene Kaczka-Valliere [Green Party of Burlington interim chair] described the importance of the view corridor -- relating an anecdote about his childhood trips to Burlington, getting off the interstate and cresting the hill on Main Street, seeing the view of Lake Champlain.