Save historic and residential neighborhoods in Moorhead!

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Background: Moorhead's Arts and Culture Framework for Development includes the following statements

 "We Envision Moorhead Becoming...a city that builds community cohesion through nurturing connections among people and organizations; one that celebrates our life together, both through development of downtown as a core place of connection, as well as a  --community that embraces its unique neighborhoods."

 "[We will] work with neighborhoods, each with its unique cultural identity gathering locations, to develop a strong sense of neighborhood, ensuring that arts and culture are integrated as a key vehicle for defining neighborhood identity...Moorhead will be known for its cohesive and attractive neighborhoods that offer unique ways in which communities gather." 

As residents in the Comstock Historic Neighborhood we assert:

o   Parking lots, multi-unit developments, and sterile, incompatible architecture degrade residential areas and put the lie to the idea that "Moorhead is or can become a vibrant city of charming, livable neighborhoods." 

o   Urban renewal has all but wiped out the vestiges of this town's historic character. Historic structures that have survived should be preserved, restored and protected without placing undo burdens on property owners. 

 o    "...studies show that Historic Preservation tends to improve and/or preserve property values, stimulate economic activity, create jobs, and reduce environmental impacts and costs associated with demolition and construction. This seems reasonable since many buyers place a value on environmental and architectural amenities that can be threatened by rapid development and poor land use practices. __ Robert McCullough. Historic District Econometric Literature Review. 2016

We hereby petition our elected City Council and appointed PLANNING COMMISSION representatives and staff to:

1. Rescind the permits for parking lots at 412 7th St S. and 603 9th St S and (815 6th Ave S) until the neighboring property owners, elected and appointed representatives and general public can assess the environmental, historical and economic impacts of parking lots in residential neighborhoods.

2. Place an immediate moratorium on demolition and construction in Residential Low Density areas and contiguous properties, until existing codes, permitting processes and infill requirements can be reviewed by elected and appointed representatives and staff together with citizens and property owners of affected properties and neighborhoods.

3. Revise Zoning and building codes to protect residential history, sense of place, aesthetics, livability, property values, sustainability, and civic engagement. Establish clear standards for infill development near historic structures and residential neighborhoods.

4. Provide timely and sufficient prior notice to homeowners about planned development that may affect their property values and the quality of life of their families and neighborhoods.

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