Maintain zoning conditions to preserve the Guilford Hills Neighborhood

Maintain zoning conditions to preserve the Guilford Hills Neighborhood

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Jennifer Leung started this petition to City of Greensboro - Zoning Commission and City Council

"The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members." – Coretta Scott King

ATTENTION - if you are an out-of-state or international supporter with vested interests in Greensboro - please use your local Greensboro City zip code.

The new owner ALB Enterprises Holdings LLC (Mythos Grille) of 2301 Battleground Avenue (former PNC/RBC bank, next to Biscuitville) is requesting re-zoning that would eliminate the currently residential-zoned portion "undisturbed buffer zone" (top yellow triangle in attached picture) to commercially zoned. This area was a protective buffer to the resident that is adjacent to the backside of the 2301 Battleground property and the other residents along Markland Drive within the Guilford Hills Neighborhood of Greensboro, NC since at least 1973. The Markland Drive residents also want the 25 foot buffer around the currently commerical-zoned property to be upheld. The 2301 Battleground property is comprised of 2 parts - one that is residential-zoned as R-5 (triangle on northwest side) and the other which is commercial zone as CD-C-M along Battleground.

To CLARIFY - Markland Drive residents are NOT against a business moving in and NOT against a restaurant. We are NOT against landscaping, NOT against a fence, and NOT against a sidewalk. We want to help any new business flourish and also help preserve conditions to maintain our neighborhood. To be clear, the new owners still need to maintain landscaping and maintenance on these areas; but we can also help as part of the community. Many neighbors have been doing the upkeep since the previous owners were negligent.

Please help Markland Drive residents and I maintain a portion of the property to REMAIN residential zoned R-5 and/or place a zoning conditions to keep it as an undisturbed buffer, maintain the 25 foot buffer zone on what is currently commercial zoned, and place a setback distance for the fence (15 feet) on my property line. I expressed an interest to buying a portion, but the new owner's representative said she thinks they have no interest in selling. I contacted the owner directly, but they have been unresponsive. 

I am the property owner directly behind the 2301 Battleground property. I share 2 property lines with the 2301 Battleground property which one is literally the edge of my driveway and inches along my garage. I would like to maintain the natural "undisturbed buffer zone" and 25 foot buffer on the commercial lot enacted in 1973. I depended on this ordinance before I purchased this property 15 years ago. Wouldn't you want your local government to honor an ordinance/zoning condition to protect your property and privacy?

My neighbors and I have been trying to work with the new owners and their representative since March 26 - all our concerns and issues have fallen on "deaf ears." The new owners are adamant about placing an 8 foot opaque fence on our shared property line for "privacy" - literally the edge of my driveway. First, a passenger car door would not be able to fully open. Second, how are my aging parents or any person with a disability suppose to exit a vehicle - be dropped in the street to walk up a steep driveway or climb over the console to the driver's side??? Third, any reasonable driver needs some wiggle room to be able to back up without scrapping or damaging one's car.

Second -  If the zoning condition goes through "as-is" on April 15th with an 8 foot opaque fence, I would not be able to see and access what was going on. We want to adjust the zoning condition to be a visibility fence and 10 feet tall, so Markland Drive is NOT an escape route for criminals and it provides a line of sight to make discernible decisions for our safety and security on Markland Drive and our surroundings - should I call 911? Or is that just a dog on the other side of the fence? Or is someone running toward my home with a gun? Or when i hear talk or noise - how close is whomever to my house?

Third - from the 4/15 zoning meeting - The new owner's representative stated that they could have worked on this new project without disturbing the R-5 triangle. Also it was all in the effort to have 1 to 1 1/2 parking spaces. They have no idea the turmoil and stress this has caused the residents of Markland Drive and our neighborhood.

There was burglary at my house on Feb 18, 2019 in broad daylight at 11:20am when I was not home. Not only is safety and security huge concerns, I want to make sure conditions are in place to preserve and address issues on privacy, accessibility, traffic, noise, trash, pest control, property value, and parking - not only for myself but also for our community. Please Markland Drive residents and I need your help to be heard!

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