Help Defend Springbrook Neighborhood in Tuscaloosa Against Commercial Development

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Petition of Opposition to Z-16-16 Rezoning Springbrook from R-2 to BN-PUD

To the Planning and Zoning Commission:

I oppose the rezoning of one-fifth of Springbrook from residential to Business Neighborhood because:

1. It peels off the edge of a viable neighborhood and rezones it for commercial use. Business Neighborhood (BN) zoning is not neighborhood friendly and the development of these lots will remove houses, trees, and green space that buffer the neighborhood from nearby commercial development.

2. The requested PUD designation offers little protection to the neighborhood and every advantage to the developer. The developer wants to secure conditional BN zoning without providing any information about what will occupy the property. No developer should be given a blank check.

3. The City of Tuscaloosa Specific Plan for District 7 designates that Springbrook remain a residential area and the Future Land Use Plan of 2007 excludes it from the McFarland commercial corridor. All residents should expect that their District Plans, which were developed through citizen input, be respected when rezoning is being considered.

4. Rezoning should result in a benefit to the community, or at the very least no harm. There is no shortage of BN-zoned property in this area and the developers have demonstrated no need for more. Midtown Village, the Shoppes at Legacy Park, University Mall,  the former Bruno’s location, and The Lofts provide available commercial space in the area.

 5. Springbrook is a long-established, historically rich neighborhood that meets a critical housing shortage for moderate and low-income residents in the city.

 I ask you to oppose rezoning one-fifth of Springbrook from residential zoning to any commercial zoning designation.



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