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Petition to Pinetop-Lakeside Planning & Zoning Commission, Pinetop-Lakeside City Council, Pinetop-Lakeside Chamber of Commerce, * Adam Staley, * Larry Agan, * David Orris, * John Salskov, * Alison Stewart, * Timothy Williams, Richard Smith, Carla Bowen, Kathy Dahnk, Mazie Hastings, Stephanie Irwin, Lynn Krigbaum, Jerry Smith, Jim Snitzer, Keith Johnson, Shannon Purcell, Cody Blake

Save White Mountains From Developers

Arizona’s White Mountains Community is tired of having our pines and trails and beautiful views interrupted by shoppings malls and RV parks. Thoughtful local-sensitive commerce can be an asset for our community, but too often companies in money from the valley come in to cut down our trees and tear up our landscape.  The commission and city council just passed a rezoning plan to allow for a 40 acre shopping mall (2 big box stores we're told) to be placed in one of the most beautiful areas in our community! Now, there is a 2nd plan to grab 26 acres for an RV park— near one of the most beautiful views of the rim and the disability services property, Camp Tatiyee. We're concerned about the effect this will have on the camp experience, its youth services and on those who frequent the surrounding trails! Word has it that Camp Tatiyee is being pressured to sell their land and move! Is that what we want for Pinetop-Lakeside? Big box stores displacing historic lands and valuable services in our nonprofit community?  Join us Thursday, December 12, to encourage the Pinetop-Lakeside Planning and Zoning Commission to respect what makes this land and our community special! We can also encourage Pinetop-Lakeside City Council change back the recent commercial zoning to open space! Council Chambers 325 W White Mtn Blvd. http://pinetoplakesideaz.gov/279/Planning-Zoning-Commission 928-368-8696 Also join the White Mountains United Facebook page to stay informed and voice your opinion! We should ALL have a voice, not just the out-of-state/town investors!Before this land was made available for private use the US Forest Service and US Department of Agriculture completed an environmental impact study. It stated "the intent of the proponent is to continue operating the Camp Tatiyee youth camp at its current site on the parcel if the land is conveyed." The strong language used throughout this document makes it clear that this land would not become available unless the integrity of Camp Tatiyee, the public trails and view of the White Mountains are all maintained and protected. Please sign the petition if you believe youth camps, especially ones as special as Tatiyee (and their next door neighbor Camp Grace), need a significant buffer. If you believe eco-friendly development is critical, and if you wish to maintain the unique characteristics of our White Mountains community, please sign and share! 

White Mountain Preservation
1,446 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to κ. Νίκος Αναστασιάδης, Δρ. Κώστας Καδής, κ. Χάρης Γεωργιάδης, κ. Κωνσταντίνος Πετρίδης, κα. Βασιλική Αναστασιάδου

Ζητούμε αναβάθμιση του δρόμου Πάφου-Πόλης, όχι νέο αυτοκινητόδρομο-καταστροφή για τη φύση

English text follows Η Κοιλάδα της Έζουσας, μια μοναδική προστατευόμενη περιοχή Natura 2000, είναι μια από τις πιο άθικτες κοιλάδες που έχουν σκαλιστεί από τους ποταμούς που ρέουν από το Τρόοδος, συνδυάζοντας αρμονικά το παραδοσιακό αγροτικό τοπίο μαζί με βοσκοτόπια και θαμνότοπους. Σήμερα, η Κοιλάδα της Έζουσας, τα πουλιά που φιλοξενεί και η απαράμιλλη ύπαιθρος που την περιβάλλει απειλούνται άμεσα και μόνιμα από την κατασκευή ενός νέου αυτοκινητόδρομου που θα συνδέει την Πάφο με την Πόλη Χρυσοχούς. Ο αυτοκινητόδρομος έχει κηρυχθεί από το Υπουργικό Συμβούλιο ως έργο 'δημοσίου συμφέροντος' και έχει προκηρυχθεί δημόσιος διαγωνισμός υποβολής προσφορών για τη μελέτη και κατασκευή του με προθεσμία την 1η Νοεμβρίου 2019.  Στηρίζουμε την επίλυση των προβλημάτων οδικής ασφάλειας και την αειφόρο ανάπτυξη των τοπικών κοινοτήτων της περιοχής. Για τον λόγο αυτό είμαστε ενάντια στην κατασκευή νέου αυτοκινητόδρομου και ζητούμε την αναβάθμιση του υφιστάμενου δρόμου Πάφου-Πόλης Χρυσοχούς, μια ξεκάθαρη εναλλακτική που: ΔΕΝ θέτει μια προστατευόμενη περιοχή και την ύπαιθρο σε κίνδυνο, ΔΕΝ επιβαρύνει με την σπατάλη δημοσίου χρήματος τους φορολογούμενους πολίτες και Διατηρεί την όδευση μέσω των κοινοτήτων στηρίζοντας έτσι μακροπρόθεσμα τις τοπικές επιχειρήσεις. Ο οικολογικός αντίκτυπος του νέου αυτοκινητόδρομου Ο αυτοκινητόδρομος αυτός, συνολικού μήκους 31 χιλιομέτρων και ο οποίος θα διέρχεται τουλάχιστον από πέντε κοιλαδογέφυρες και δύο σήραγγες, θα διασχίσει ένα άθικτο και υψηλής οικολογικής αξίας τοπίο, συμπεριλαμβανομένης της προστατευόμενης περιοχής «Κοιλάδα Έζουσας». Εμβληματικά είδη πουλιών όπως ο Σπιζαετός Aquila fasciata, το Διπλογέρακο Buteo rufinus, ο Ζάνος Falco peregrinus, η Κράγκα Coracias garrulus καθώς και τα ενδημικά μας είδη Σκαλιφούρτα Oenanthe cypriaca και Τρυπομάζης Sylvia melanothorax, θα υποστούν ένα σημαντικό πλήγμα, κυρίως λόγω ενόχλησης και απώλειας σημαντικού βιότοπου. Το πρόβλημα με τη διαδικασία που ακολουθήθηκε: Το Υπουργικό Συμβούλιο αποφάσισε στις 15 Μαρτίου 2019 να κηρύξει τον νέο αυτοκινητόδρομο Πάφου-Πόλη Χρυσοχούς ως έργο «Δημοσίου Συμφέροντος», αγνοώντας: Τις πρόσφατες γνωματεύσεις του Τμήματος Περιβάλλοντος που καταλήγουν ξεκάθαρα στο ότι το έργο θα επιφέρει σημαντικές αρνητικές και μόνιμες επιπτώσεις για τη φύση, οι οποίες δεν μπορούν να εξαλειφθούν με τη λήψη οποιωνδήποτε μετριαστικών μέτρων. Την ξεκάθαρη εναλλακτική λύση αναβάθμισης του υφιστάμενου δρόμου η οποία δεν εξετάστηκε, με μόνη πρόφαση τις πολιτικές αποφάσεις που πάρθηκαν στο παρελθόν. Την Ευρωπαϊκή Οδηγία που διέπει τις περιοχές Natura 2000, σύμφωνα με την οποία η εξέταση εναλλακτικών λύσεων είναι απαραίτητη προϋπόθεση πριν προωθηθεί ένα έργο ως Δημοσίου Συμφέροντος. Τις επισημάνσεις του Γενικού Ελεγκτή ότι στη βάση σχετικού νόμου ο νέος αυτοκινητόδρομος όπως σχεδιάστηκε δεν είναι οικονομικά βιώσιμος, αφού το κόστος του δεν δικαιολογείται από τα κυκλοφοριακά δεδομένα της περιοχής. Το υπέρογκο ποσό των 70 εκατομμυρίων ευρώ για την κατασκευή του μισού αυτοκινητόδρομου σε πρώτη φάση, ένα ποσό που δεν περιλαμβάνει το επιπρόσθετο κόστος των απαλλοτριώσεων γης και που είναι πολλαπλά μεγαλύτερο από το κόστος βελτίωσης και αναβάθμισης του υφιστάμενου δρόμου. Τις κοινωνικo-οικονομικές επιπτώσεις που θα έχει στις τοπικές κοινότητες και επιχειρήσεις η παράκαμψη της όδευσης, που μέχρι τώρα διέσχιζε τις κοινότητες, και οι οποίες δεν εξετάστηκαν. Πιστεύουμε ότι η Υπουργική απόφαση για τον δρόμο Πάφος-Πόλη Χρυσοχούς ισοδυναμεί με μια καθόλα ατεκμηρίωτη δικαιολογία και πρόφαση για να θυσιαστεί το κοινό καλό στον βωμό της «ανάπτυξης» και των συμφερόντων, με καταστροφικές οικονομικές, κοινωνικές και οικολογικές επιπτώσεις. Υπάρχει ελπίδα Ως κάτοικοι αυτού του τόπου και φορολογούμενοι πολίτες, έχουμε λόγο στην προστασία της φύσης, που ανήκει σε όλους μας, και στα δημόσια χρήματα. Απαιτούμε τη διαφύλαξη της περιοχής Natura 2000 «Κοιλάδα Έζουσας» και δεν θεωρούμε τον νέο αυτοκινητόδρομο Πάφου-Πόλης Χρυσοχούς ως Δημοσίου Συμφέροντος. Γι’ αυτό ενώνουμε τις φωνές μας για να ακουστούμε από την Κοιλάδα της Έζουσας μέχρι το Προεδρικό Μέγαρο, α) ζητώντας την άμεση ακύρωση της Υπουργικής Απόφασης για έγκριση του αυτοκινητόδρομου Πάφου-Πόλης Χρυσοχούς ως έργο Δημοσίου Συμφέροντος και του σχετικού διαγωνισμού για προσφορές για μελέτη και κατασκευή του πρώτου τμήματος του αυτοκινητόδρομου, και β) απαιτώντας την εξέταση της αναβάθμισης του υφιστάμενου δρόμου Πάφου-Πόλης Χρυσοχούς ως την εναλλακτική και ξεκάθαρη λύση. Έχουμε μέχρι τις 20 Νοεμβρίου 2019, λίγες μόνο μέρες πριν την καταληκτική ημερομηνία για την παραλαβή προσφορών για τον διαγωνισμό. Διαβάστε την επιστολή που θα αποσταλεί εκ μέρους σας. -- We demand the upgrading of the Pafos-Polis road, not a new motorway disaster for nature Ezousa Valley is a unique Natura 2000 site and one of the most untouched valleys carved by rivers flowing from the Troodos mountain range. The valley is a harmonious mix of traditional rural landscape with grazed grasslands and wild scrublands. Ezousa Valley, the birds that call it home and the unparalleled countryside surrounding it are being threatened, directly and permanently, by the construction of a new motorway linking Pafos to Polis Chrysochous. The motorway has been declared a ‘Public Interest’ project by the Council of Ministers and a state tender has been opened for its construction, with a deadline of 1 November 2019. We support finding a solution to road safety problems and the sustainable development of local communities in the area. That is why we are opposed to the construction of a new motorway and call for the upgrading of the existing Pafos-Polis Chrysochous road, a clear alternative that: 1.       DOES NOT put a protected area and the countryside at risk, 2.       DOES NOT burden the taxpayer with a waste of public money and 3.       Maintains the route through the communities, thus supporting local businesses in the long run. The ecological impact of the new motorway This 31-kilometer-long motorway, which will require at least five bridges and two tunnels, will dissect an untouched landscape of high ecological value, including the protected site of Ezousa Valley. Iconic bird species such as the Bonelli’s Eagle Aquila fasciata, the Long-legged Buzzard Buteo rufinus, the Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus, the European Roller Coracias garrulus, as well as the endemic species of Cyprus Wheatear Oenanthe cypriaca and Cyprus Warbler Sylvia melanothorax will suffer a major blow, mainly due to disturbance and loss of a significant habitat. The problem with the procedure that was followed The Ministerial Council decided on 15 March 2019 to declare the new Pafos-Polis Chrysochous motorway a “Public Interest” project ignoring: Recently published opinions of the Department of Environment clearly concluding that the project will have significant negative and lasting effects on nature, which cannot be mitigated for. The clear alternative of upgrading the existing road, which was not even considered, with ‘past political decisions’ the only pretext for ignoring this cheaper option. The EU Directive governing Natura 2000 sites, which states that consideration of alternatives is a prerequisite before any project can be declared of Public Interest. The Auditor General’s remarks that under the relevant law the new motorway is not economically viable as planned, as its cost is not justified by traffic in the area. The enormous amount of € 70 million for the construction of just the first phase and half the motorway, which does not include the additional cost of land expropriation, and which is much higher than the cost of improving and upgrading the existing road. The socio-economic impact of bypassing local communities and businesses currently on the existing route, an issue which has not been assessed. We believe that the Ministerial Decision on the Pafos-Polis motorway amounts to a deeply flawed excuse for putting an economically, socially and ecologically damaging “development” and interests above any real public good. There is hope As residents of this island and taxpayers, we deserve a say in protecting nature, which belongs to all of us, and in how public money is spent. We demand the preservation of the Ezousa Valley and its Natura 2000 site and do not regard the new Pafos-Polis Chrysochous motorway to be of long-term public interest. That is why we are joining our voices, to be heard from Ezousa Valley to the Presidential Palace, to a) demand the immediate cancellation of the Ministerial Decision approving the Pafos-Polis Chrysochous motorway as a project of public interest and the tender for the construction of the first section of the motorway and b) request that the improvement of the existing Pafos-Polis Chrysochous road is assessed as a clear alternative solution. We have until 20 November 2019, just days before the deadline for submission of tender proposals for the construction of the motorway. We have prepared a letter to be sent to the President of the Republic of Cyprus and the Ministerial Council outlining all of the above, on behalf of all who will sign this petition. The letter is only available in Greek and can be found here.

BirdLife Cyprus
2,560 supporters
This petition won 2 months ago

Petition to Members of Charleston County Council

Help Stop Further Development of Luxury Eco Resort on Wadmalaw Island

  This petition serves as notice of the public’s formal opposition to a proposed planned development (PD) on parcel ID #1510000095, the Bolt Farm Treehouse, LLC. Members of the Charleston County Planning Commission as well as the Wadmalaw Island Land Planning Committee (WILPC) Have already unanimously opposed the suggested changes in Zoning. The WILPC presented an outline of the Bolts’ interactions with the county and community and received comments from a large crowd of concerned Wadmalaw residents. The vast majority of these comments expressed strong opposition to the development. At the conclusion of public comments, the WILPC voted unanimously to oppose the PD. After an extensive review of the Bolts’ public comments and their social media messaging / marketing, we conclude the PD is requested as a means to circumvent the Charleston County short-term rental ordinance. In addition, we believe the Bolts intend the property to function not simply as a family retreat, but primarily as a commercial eco-retreat/luxury treehouse hotel operation. As noted by the Coastal Conservation League, if a family retreat is the true intention of the Bolt Farm, then the 72-night limitation should be sufficient for this purpose. In the application it is stated “The structures were originally intended for personal use, but due to the high construction costs, the costs were offset by doing Short Term Rentals. After the overwhelmingly positive response from guests, it was decided that the owners wanted the ability to rent more than two of the structures for more than 35 nights per year.” According to the PD the owners are requesting to allow: Commerical Guest House Short Term Rental units: “7 UNITS” Manufactured Housing Unit: “1 MANUFACTURED, MOBILE, OR OTHER TYPE OF PERMITTED DWELLING UNIT” Parking Spaces: There will be 3 parking spaces for each unit and 40 parking spaces for special events. Outside Vendors and Service Providers: Use of outside service providers and vendors to increase both the utility and enjoyment of the property for both paying and personal guests.” Special Events: (“weddings, community gatherings, etc.” Asking for 25 special events per year.  Max number of people allowed at a Special Event : 99 guests (not including vendors and employees. Alcohol Sales and Service:  “(wine and beer) is only for guests staying overnight and shall be allowed at special events such as weddings. The alcohol will be kept in storage and only placed in each dwelling if the guests are over 21 years old and pay for or are gifted the alcohol.” Alcohol Sales and Service are by right and a Special Exception from the Board of Zoning Appeals is not required. Impact Assesment: *Current residences are served by an existing well and septic field. Additional units will require increased water service and a larger septic field. These items shall be coordinated and applied for during the design phase and prior to construction. Use of Open Space:  a. Trails shall be natural. b. Individual fire pits shall be provided at each unit. Such a commercial operation of more than 72 nights a year represents a drastic departure from not only the allowed land uses for AG-15, but also from the rural, agricultural and residential character of Wadmalaw Island. The preservation and protection of Wadmalaw is the first and foremost concern. This PD threatens to erode the protections provided to Wadmalaw by current zoning laws and the Comprehensive Plan. In addition, if approved it would not only invalidate the purpose of the short-term rental ordinance, but would set a precedent for other commercial entities to bypass protections afforded to rural residential and agricultural land on Wadmalaw. We sincerely hope our thoughts and concerns have been heavily weighed, and that the Charleston County Council will follow the recommendations of its Planning Committee, the WILPC, and the community and will oppose the Bolt Farm PD-17. We believe that Charleston County will stand by the community of Wadmalaw Island and that our voices will be heard. 

Elizabeth Stevens
3,607 supporters