37 petitions

Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to City of Mountain View Council, City of Mountain View Community Service Director, City of Mountain View Planning Director

Prevent the removal of a Grove of Heritage Redwood trees located at 575 Sierra Avenue

A magnificent grove of Heritage Sequoia (Redwood) trees at 575 Sierra Avenue in Mountain View is to be cut down. This lot was purchased by a developer with the purpose of developing it into a single family home. As part of the development plan the developer is asking for a permit to remove every tree from the lot. This is a total of nine (9) trees. Seven (7) of these trees form a grove of 80+ ft tall healthy Heritage Redwoods. These trees are the tallest and most visible in the area and are a true asset to the community and the city.  Their destruction for the sake of a single family home is unacceptable especially when some modifications to the home’s design could save many of these trees Most folks believe that the City’s heritage ordinance would protect against such action. Unfortunately, this is not the case by default. The reason is that development request go through the City’s Planning department and as long as the developer’s plans adhere to the FAR requirements, they get a green light. This is different from when an existing home owner wishes to remove a tree. In this case, the request goes through the City’s Parks and Recreation department who, as many homeowners wishing to remove a heritage tree can attest, strictly apply the heritage tree ordinance.

Ross Dargahi
5,219 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Steve Hagerty, Judy Fiske, Peter Braithwaite, Melissa Wynne, Don Wilson, Robin Rue Simmons, Tom Suffredin, Eleanor Revelle, Ann Rainey, Cicely Fleming

City of Evanston: Stop the Mega-Development on Sherman

The City of Evanston is considering another mega-development that threatens the welcoming character of our city. In accordance with Evanston’s Downtown Plan, the 1450-1508 block of Sherman Avenue is a key “transitional” block between Evanston’s downtown and the city’s historic residential neighborhoods. This inviting, human-scale block is home to a number of independent restaurants and storefronts, including Tommy Nevins and Prairie Moon. A for-profit developer called Albion has submitted a 287-unit, 16-story proposal that threatens the unique character and quality of Evanston’s downtown. The former Chair of the Zoning Board of Appeals said “I cannot recall any building proposal that was as inappropriate for the site proposed as this development for Sherman Avenue.” In fact, the proposed development violates the city’s own zoning guidelines: the proposal includes too many units and too few parking spaces, is too close to the sidewalk, and is far too tall. Even still, the development fails to provide sufficient onsite affordable housing, instead catering to the already oversaturated high-end luxury rental market. The building - which is unlikely to provide sufficient tax-revenue - may further exacerbate Evanston’s affordability crisis, undermine Evanston’s fair housing opportunities, create severe wind tunnels, and cause serious congestion. Despite these concerns, neither the City nor the developer have conducted a single study on the building’s impact. Thoughtful development is critical to a city’s success. Let’s reimagine this block of Sherman Avenue in a vibrant, human-scale way incorporating sufficient on-site affordable housing, respecting the city’s Downtown Plan, and reflecting Evanston’s unique and welcoming character. Tell the City that this high-rise, mega-development is contrary to the interests and values of Evanston. Tell City Council to reject the Albion plan. After signing this petition, please click here to share the reasons for your opposition on the city's co-urbanize website.

Evanstonians for Responsible Planning
2,260 supporters
Started 2 weeks ago

Petition to Nadine Ramsey, Stacey Head, Susan Guidry, LaToya Cantrell, James Austin Gray II, Jason Williams, Jared Brossett, New Orleans City Planning Commission

Block out the Sun Yard & say "No!" to a hotel development in our neighborhood!

An out of state real estate company is pushing for a massive hotel development on St. Claude Ave in New Orleans, and we have to stop them! A Philadelphia-based real estate company has purchased five separate lots from 3000-3032 St. Claude Ave in the 9th ward of New Orleans. These properties make up the art and residential space known as “The Truck Farm,” the former home of ChazFest. The developers have tried to purchase surrounding homes from neighbors who have resided in the area for decades. One of their first actions was to refuse to renew the leases of tenants who were living in these properties, to make way for this development. The developers plan to construct these 5 properties and the large plot of land they are attached to into a boutique hotel and high-end entertainment complex called “The Sun Yard.”  The Sun Yard would operate as a 75-person hotel with parking lots located on Feliciana St and St. Claude Ave.  They intend to demolish the interior of these historic homes to convert them into hotel units.  Additionally, the hotel will have a pool, outdoor bar and lounge, and they intend to host weddings each weekend in addition to other special events. The Sun Yard would be roughly 41,000 sq ft altogether, the size of 6 Bacchanals and 1/6 the size of the Superdome. The Sun Yard would result in dramatic changes to our neighborhood. This development would rapidly accelerate gentrification in the 9th ward and further displace working New Orleanians, raise rents and property taxes, increase noise levels, bring more tourists to our neighborhoods and significantly deteriorate the quality-of-life for area residents.  We oppose the Sun Yard and request that City Council reject this proposed commercial development in our neighborhood. We are calling on all concerned New Orleanians and our supporters to sign this petition and voice their opposition to the Sun Yard.  

Michael Esealuka
2,867 supporters
Update posted 4 weeks ago

Petition to Napa city council

Stop Napa Oaks Hillside Subdivision...again!

Natural beauty and open space are at the heart of what makes Napa special. It is this "sense of place" that helps create our world class location. Napa is a destination for people from all over the world who come to enjoy beautiful wine country, oak studded hillsides and farm-to-table cuisine in an unhurried, relaxed atmosphere. The locals believe, rightfully so, that they live in paradise. A previous Napa City Council zoned this southwest hillside as RA (Resource Area). It is a special designation applied to sensitive land within the City's Rural Urban Limit. Sensitive lands entail view shed, habitat, resource, geotechnical and other considerations which further conservation and resource protection under the goals of the Napa General Plan. With intelligent foresight they realized this hillside was unsuitable for a housing subdivision.  Davidon Homes of Walnut Creek has a proposal to build Napa Oaks II, a 53 home subdivision. The homes range in size from 3880 sq. ft. to 5061 sq. ft. This proposed hillside development will forever damage our southwest hillside and severely diminish our "sense of place." An estimated 570 mature Oak trees on 9+ woodland acres will need removal to make way for roadways, homes, and driveways. Light pollution will fill the night sky. Water runoff will threaten longstanding vineyards on one side of the hillside and a mature neighborhood on the other. This beautiful but unstable hillside has multiple fault-lines running through it and suffered slippage in the 2014 Napa earthquake.  Davidon Homes, for the third time is requesting the City of Napa change the zoning from RA to SFR (Single Family Residential) so their hillside development can proceed. By signing this petition, you are telling the Napa City Council to KEEP OUR ZONING IN PLACE AS IT IS, for this hillside. This will prevent the developer from building these multi-million dollar homes. There has never been a subdivision of this size built on a hillside in Napa, don’t let this be the first! Text 949-533-6747 to get a Stop Napa Oaks sign for your yard. Please like us on Facebook at Stop Napa Oaks and tell your friends!

SNO Stop Napa Oaks
1,468 supporters