Imagine a doctor who doesn't want to know the patient's medical history or a lawyer who doesn't study the relevant cases and you'll have a sense of how some managers make decisions.
Was a similar project launched three years ago? Perhaps. Did a community group object to any aspects of the proposed course of action? No clue. Did the legal issues ever get sorted out? They assume they were but can't really say for certain. Who handled this project at its inception? Ed and Sara, but they're gone and they didn't leave any notes.
But you're ready to move forward? Oh yes.