Residents of Pepper Pike over the last few months have been asking a lot of questions about a plan that would create a town center on property being sold by Beech Brook, a behavioral health agency. There has been standing room only in a number of city government meetings. People have freely voiced their opinions and put government officials in the hot seat.

Axiom Development Group has an option to buy the 68 acres and wants residents to vote – possibly in November – to change the zoning needed to clear the way for the plan. There is a process that starts with the Planning and Zoning Commission, which has reviewed the rezoning and recommended it to council.

But last week, Councilman Bob Freed called questions from residents “premature.” The comment stems from people coming to council meetings wanting to talk about the issue even though it has not been on some council agendas.

Let’s be clear, no question from any citizen is “premature.”

All elected officials must listen to their constituents.

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