Help Defend Springbrook Neighborhood in Tuscaloosa Against Commercial Development

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Petition of Opposition to Z-17-17 Requesting Rezoning Part of Springbrook from Residential Zoning R-2 to Commercial Zoning BN-PUD

To the Tuscaloosa Planning and Zoning Commission and City Council:

I oppose the rezoning of one-fifth of Springbrook from residential to commercial zoning because:

1. It peels off the eastern section of a viable neighborhood and rezones it for commercial use. Commercial BN zoning is not neighborhood friendly and the development of these lots will remove 20 homes, 200+ trees, and green space that buffers the neighborhood from nearby commercial development, as well as the noise and activity of McFarland Boulevard.

2. The requested PUD (Planned Unit Development) designation offers no protection to the neighborhood and every advantage to the developer. The developer is asking 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, especially when developers petition for rezoning from residential to commercial.

4. Rezoning should result in a benefit to the community and the neighborhood or, at the very least, no harm. Available BN-zoned property abounds in this area, and the developers have demonstrated no need for more. Vacant spaces already exist in Midtown Village, the Shoppes at Legacy Park, The Lofts, University Mall, the former Bruno’s location, and other sites all along McFarland Boulevard.

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 deny the developers’ request to rezone one-fifth of Springbrook from residential zoning to any commercial zoning designation.

 



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