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Maintain Linder/Chinden as a Mixed-Use Community Designation

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PETITION: Regarding the Proposed Development known as “Linder Village”

We, the undersigned respectfully, but strongly urge our elected and appointed officials of the City of Meridian, the Mayor, City Council, and Planning and Zoning Commission, to DENY proposed Amendment H-2017-0088 to change the future land use map designations, the Meridian City Comprehensive Plan, and all of its dependent associated requests for the properties at the south east corner of North Linder Road and West Chinden Blvd.

We believe the proposed changes are NOT in the best interest of the City of Meridian and would adversely affect the quality of life of its citizens and those of neighboring communities for the following reasons:

Increased congestion in North Meridian

  • Traffic along Chinden and Linder has already grown substantially due to population growth, which shows no signs of slowing down. The creation of a supercenter such as the proposed Linder Village would by definition draw hundreds of additional vehicles from surrounding towns, increasing traffic congestion exponentially. Even if and when Chinden is widened, the extra lanes will barely keep up with the organic population growth without such a supercenter.
  • Another Eagle Road? Chinden was designated by Compass (a regional planning consortium) as an “expressway,” a major artery intended to move traffic quickly without getting clogged by cars and trucks turning into and out of developments and shopping areas. This is controlled by limiting the number of access points to these areas and by restricting the number of traffic signals to no more than one per half-mile. The developers propose adding a new traffic light at Bergman and Chinden, violating the half-mile standard and setting a precedent that will make Chinden worse, not better.

Direct impact on Paramount homeowners

  • Noise. The changes would allow a WinCo store, or any superstore, to be open 24 hours a day. That means delivery trucks, workers, shoppers, lights, and traffic noise around the clock.
  • Internal traffic. Traffic could enter Linder Village from 4 Paramount streets: Arliss, Bergman, Booth, and Fox Run. Those streets would feed into the proposed new residences, then continue into the Linder Village parking area. Shoppers wanting to avoid traffic congestion on Chinden and Linder could cut through Paramount via Cayuse Creek to the west, Director from the east, or any of several streets in the southern part of Paramount. People living in the new apartments near McMillan & Meridian could drive all the way to Linder Village through Paramount streets.
  • Safety. Paramount residents who live near Director will already face increased traffic from the new Cadence townhomes being built east of Veranda. Anyone using the new pool on the corner of Director and Fox Run will have to cross streets even more jammed due to shopping traffic cutting through.
  • Overcrowding. The developer’s proposal would eliminate current Plan requirements for pedestrian walkways, adequate buffer zones and setbacks from homes.
  • Property values. While some potential home buyers might like the convenience of having big-box stores so close by, we believe the negatives would greatly outweigh the positives for most families. This will put downward pressure on home values in Paramount, especially those nearest the shopping center.  Some Paramount homeowners will simply decide to live elsewhere, contributing to an oversupply of homes for sale.

Threat to the integrity of the City planning process

  • Comprehensive Plan and Future Land Use Map. The City of Meridian states explicitly that a goal of the Comprehensive Plan is to “sustain, enhance, promote and protect elements that contribute to the livability and a high quality of life” for Meridian residents. We believe the current plan is a good one that supports this goal and many of us made our home buying decisions based on it. What value is such a plan if it can be altered as drastically as the developers are asking?
  • The future of North Meridian. Far from being opposed to commercial development, we welcome it. Most of us would love to see a greater variety of small-scale stores, restaurants, services, and family-owned businesses in a pleasant, attractive setting that we could walk or bike to. But if the City approves this application as submitted, the message will be loud and clear to future developers that years of city planning can be brushed aside without concern for the “high quality of life” we have been promised.

 

 

 



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