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Update posted 15 hours ago

Petition to City of Detroit, Michigan, State of Michigan

Citizens Against the Grand Prix on Belle Isle

We believe that it's time to pull the plug on the Detroit Grand Prix event on Belle Isle.  Before bankruptcy, the City could not afford to properly maintain the Island, so offers by the Grand Prix to run the race there in exchange for making "improvements" might have made some sense.  Now that the State of Michigan has taken over and has made Belle Isle a State Park, the time has come to allow the Island to be used as it was intended - as a nature and recreational park to be used by all people, year round.  This current year, the Grand Prix began setting up 8 weeks before the race.  That means concrete barriers inhibiting access to the riverfront, blocking bike lanes, etc.  When you include the weeks afterward to dismantile it and clean up, this means the island is essentially monopolized by the race people for the better part of three months.  This is prime park season, with public access impeded to the river, and most public gathering places in the half of the Island where the race course exists.  The fact that an immense portion of the island near the Fountain and Casino has been encased in concrete - creating a gigantic parking lot - to serve the purposes of the race organizers, is a permanent blot and eyesore on the face of the island.  It's time to say no to the rich and powerful who have taken over the island, and return it back to the people.  Move the Grand Prix somewhere else - get it off Belle Isle.

David Martin
539 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to The DeKalb County Board of Commissioners

Vote No On The Memorial Drive Overlay District

Dear DeKalb County Board of Commissioners, We, the undersigned residents of DeKalb County are requesting that our elected officials vote against the Memorial Drive Overlay District as it is currently proposed. This proposed overlay project effectively removes public notice and input from the community. While we strongly support good development for Memorial Drive, our expectation is to have processes in place that include notification of the community for all proposed development AND a process for community input and commissioner approval.  It is also our hope that you will work to correct the serious deficiencies in the enforcement of our county codes by Code Enforcement and Planning, as this would help to make our area much more attractive to good development.  Overlay districts of record in other locations are quite effective when they are used as detailed planning and land use tools that add additional and very specific restrictions and incentives to the current zoning. As such, they also allow much more protection and oversight for the community. This proposed project does not do this.  While this overlay proposal limits some uses, it opens up many more allowed and unstated uses that will be decided ONLY by the DeKalb Director of Planning. This one person does not answer to us, the residents of DeKalb County, nor to you, our elected officials. The zoning processes currently in place do allow developers to bring large developments to Memorial Drive by going through a process which includes community notification, the community council, and a final vote by you, our elected officials. These processes allow development to come in, but still ensure appropriate input and protects for the community. We respectfully request that these protections not be removed as proposed. When we elected each of you, we expected that status quo in DeKalb Government would no longer be acceptable. If all decisions about development fall into the hands of one person, the door is open for selectivity and bias. An affirmative vote for this version of the Memorial Drive Overlay takes away our communities' ability to protect and guide development now and for future generations. You also will be removing yourselves from your duty to ensure and encourage good development for our county by partnering with the communities you represent. We, the undersigned, urge you to vote NO on the Kensington-Memorial Drive Overlay District.

Dekalb Neighborhoods First
86 supporters