land use

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This petition won 4 months ago

Petition to Mr. Nicholas Matz, Planning Commission, City Council

NO to Bellevue Technology Center Development

In 1970 Joni Mitchell wrote the song “Big Yellow Taxi” warning us all to preserve nature and the precious trees needed to keep our air clean. In 1972 Bellevue heeded her warning and implemented an agreement to preserve open spaces, protect trees surrounding specific properties as well as provide a buffer for the surrounding residential neighborhoods from further development. Recently, KBS Capital Markets Group (KBS), a real estate investment trust headquartered in Newport Beach, CA, filed an amendment to modify Bellevue's 20-year Comprehensive Plan by adding language which would open the door to unspecified, significant development of the Bellevue Technology Center (BTC)  property. It would override an agreement that has protected the site for over 45 years. The BTC site was initially developed in 1972 based on a Planned Unit Development (PUD) designed to limit the square footage in office space built on the site.  Based on the PUD this site is fully developed and cannot be built out further. KBS is seeking to void the agreements with the citizens and the City of Bellevue so they can maximize development on the site. While no specifics have been filed with the current application, prior applications included conceptual plans that would triple the amount of square footage built on the site. More buildings will result in cutting down trees, reducing open space, and will increase traffic congestion. Most importantly, if the PUD is eliminated and the property is rezoned, the developer or any future owner can submit even more aggressive plans. KBS knew these restrictions were in place when they purchased the site in 2012 but believe they have the power to override the will of the people of this community and to entice the City of Bellevue to revise these restrictions so they can develop as they please. Let’s protect our natural spaces and avoid having to create “tree museums” for our children. Sign this petition demanding the City uphold and respect the past decisions and agreements that protect the BTC site and express your opposition to KBS’ current application (City Project #17-104627-AC).

Say NO to BTC
1,259 supporters
Started 5 months ago

Petition to Clinton Citizens to Save our Heritage

Right to Our Land in Clinton

A neighbor's personal vendetta has turned into a town wide debacle. Residents' "rights to farm and garden (chicken keeping)" are now at risk in this old agricultural town. Many of the town's residents have been farming and raising chickens for well over 100 years. The town has received a petition from a handful of people that want to change 150 years of town history. Raising these beautiful and majestic birds is part of our heritage. Not only are barns and structures (many of which were hand built by the town's citizens and their grandparents in the 19th-early 20th century) at risk for destruction, but citizens of the town will be "run out" by this radical and terrifying new ordinance. Children will have their beloved pets torn from them and our elderly residents (long time chicken keepers) will be banned from enjoying the chickens they have been raising on their homesteads for decades. This law is random, will severely impact our residents (forcing many to leave the town their ancestors helped build), and it is simply based on a few individuals malevolent grievances with certain neighbors. This is a very hurtful and spiteful action that needs to be stopped before a few peoples' anger destroys the joy and heritage of an entire New England town. We strongly believe in the right to maintain and live on our properties (as we had for decades) without harassment from a handful of disgruntled people. Many citizens of Clinton have been farming and keeping chickens for over a century. Chickens are NOT new to Clinton - they have been a constant presence in the town for over 100 years.   Help us preserve our rights and our heritage!        

Andrea Martin
155 supporters