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- While I am all in favor of sound commercial construction ('sound' means actual construction and commercial use, not speculation) along the North Trail, your story omitted an important detail: Residents are up in arms about a mysterious occurrence: Sometime, around five years ago, city planners changed the land use of the property in question from residential to commercial. There is no paper trail for that mysterious change; it occurred without notifying nearby property owners. City planners say they have no idea how and when the land use was changed. This mysterious change stomps on process and property rights. Yes, we want development. But we don't want it pushed down our throats.
- Your article does not bring up the major issue the neighbors had with the rezone. The land use was changed from multi-family residential and to community commercial. There no public hearing. The city can not identify when this happened. there were no public meetings, neighbor notification, community meetings. That was the main point of contention. The land use was changed improperly. Before any rezoning could occur, this issue needed to be resolved. Before this property van be rezoned to North Trail, the city needs to follow there own procedure on land use changes.
As secondary items, neighbors are concerned about other issues if the rezoning improperly goes forward. Changing the zoning to North Trail would be an EXPANSION of the trail- is this really warranted? Others points included current drainage issues that would be impacted by the property, traffic, and the fact that their are many other sites that could be well suited to for this use. The "site drawing" shown was NOT neighborhood friendly at all. The entrance to the neighborhood is essentially a canopied road. The purpose of the multifamily was to provide a transition to the neighborhood - the drawing was certainly not that, particularly since it showed most of the existing trees eliminated.
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