Petition to City Council, Donald Wagner, Lynn Schott, Melissa Fox, Jeffrey Lalloway, Christina Shea, Anthony Kuo, Susan Emery, Sean Joyce, Planning Commission, Dustin Nirschl
Protect the Rights of Irvine Residents; Demand the City put its People *BEFORE* Developers
------------------------------------------------------------------------------ UPDATE 6/13/17: Thanks to our supporters, significant progress has been made! The Irvine Company has proposed to move the Safari Substation to an alternative site that is acceptable to both the City of Irvine and the Spectrum 5 community (NoSubstation.com). We are now asking Southern California Edison to agree with the proposal. Please SIGN OUR PETITION and come to the Safari Substation Public Discussion on Tuesday, 6/27/17 @ 4:00PM to show your support. For more information, please read the Petition Updates posted below. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Call on the Irvine City Council to continue taking decisive action on behalf of the people of Irvine! The Spectrum 5 community originally came together to stop Southern California Edison (SCE) and The Irvine Company from dropping a high-voltage electrical substation in the middle of our fully built-out community. After nearly 1-1/2 years of petitioning the Irvine City Council and Planning Commission, we have obtained the support of the City Council. Now both The Irvine Company and SCE are speaking to us about alternatives for the Safari Substation. This is the kind of resident-city-utility-developer dialogue we have been asking for since the beginning. Please sign our petition to let the City Council and City staff know that we appreciate and support their initiative in getting the Safari Substation moved to a safe and compatible location. WEBSITE: www.NoSubstation.comFACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/NoSubstation INSTAGRAM: www.instagram.com/NoSubstation TWITTER: www.twitter.com/NoSubstationHASHTAG: #NoSubstation Original petition content...
Petition to Meijer , Washington Twp. Board of Trustees, Washington Twp. Planning Board, Washington Twp. Zoning Board, Dan O'Leary, Rick Keyes, Frank Guglielmi, Mike Nicely, Peter Thomas, Paul Modi
Stop the 2nd Meijer from coming to Washington Twp.
As we all know, there is already a Meijer in Washington Township at 26 Mile Road and Van Dyke Avenue. Meijer is looking to build a second location on the North end of Washington Township at 32 Mile Road and the M-53 Van Dyke Expressway. In addition to this second Meijer store location, they want to put in a gas station along with a Planned Unit Development (PUD housing). The taxpayers would save approximately 10 million dollars without a second Meijer in Washington Township because we would have no reason to build their sewer treatment plant. Without a sewer plant we can slow down growth and avoid the 800 unit housing development. Plus, who really wants to live next to a smelly sewer plant? Many of us who reside in this community have done so because we deeply appreciate the rural, tranquil, setting as well as the low crimes rates and minimal traffic compared to areas like Hall Rd or Chesterfield that are overdeveloped. The goal of this petition is to preserve the qualities that make our area great, as well as keep the value in our homes. Say no to Supervisor Dan O'Leary, the planning & zoning board, the board of trustees, and Meijer's plan to destroy our precious area with something no one in this community wants. Please sign this petition if you agree that we do not want a second Meijer in Washington Twp!
Petition to Mitch O'Farrell, Nicholas Ayars
Protect Our Silver Lake Neighborhood from a Late Night, Full Liquor Outdoor Restaurant/Bar
As residents of Silver Lake in the area around Silver Lake Blvd and Effie, we object to the current proposal for a new restaurant/bar/market called Botanica at 1620 Silver Lake Blvd. (the former site of Silver Lake Liquor), which would be open until midnight Sunday through Thursday, and 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday nights. The restaurant would also include an outdoor eating area and bar directly across the street from homes and residences. [Note that since this petition was posted the owners have promised some changes in their plan, including making the closing hours midnight on weekends and 11 p.m. on weekdays, although we have yet to see the altered permit application and is still too late. They have begun to put in place an off-street parking plan, which needs more work, and have ideas about how to dampen the sound from the patio, which we believe will not be adequate. They are continuing to seek a full liquor license instead of just a beer and wine license like all the other restaurants along this stretch of Silver Lake Blvd., which we oppose.] Let's keep speaking out to get the additional changes we need to protect our neighborhood. Without these commonsense limits, this project will bring unacceptable levels of noise, litter, congestion and drunkenness to our neighborhood. As members of the community nearby this proposed restaurant/bar, we call for the following. A. That the outdoor space be eliminated and the area enclosed. B. That Botanica’s hours do not exceed those of other restaurants on this part of Silver Lake Blvd., until 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and until 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. C. That Botanica be licensed to serve beer and wine only, but not hard liquor, which in effect would create a late-night bar in our neighborhood. They also can be permitted to sell packaged liquor. D. That Botanica develop a written and workable plan to deal with the significant increase in demand for parking their restaurant/bar would create in our neighborhood. This would include identifying off-street parking areas for Botanica's patrons.
Petition to Mercer Island City Council
Urge Mercer Island City Council to stop overdevelopment in our Town Center
Petition Summary: Petition to the Mercer Island City Council: We, the undersigned residents of Mercer Island, favor a lower-profile Town Center that protects our small town feeling and our quality of life. We do not oppose growth; we only ask that it be thoughtful, responsible growth that is in keeping with the character of our suburban small town, and is consistent with what we desire, aesthetically and functionally, for our Town Center. Creating urban-style high residential density in our Town Center is not in the best interests of Mercer Island residents in that it provides few, if any, benefits for Islanders and results in many downsides. For all these reasons, we urge the City Council to enact a development code that caps Town Center building heights at two- or three-stories south of 27th Street (AKA Alternative C) Please read below for analysis of the costs of urban style density and other background information. ******** What you can do to impact how Mercer Island grows: Signing our petition is an easy and quick way to let the City Council know how you feel. If you are a Mercer Island resident and you prefer a lower-profile Town Center, with a small town feeling, we ask that you do the following: --Please sign this petition. Note that to sign the petition you must agree to accept occasional emails from Change.org--but you can always unsubscribe. Don't let that stop you from expressing your opinions! --Please email your Mercer Island neighbors and friends and ask them to sign the petition. --Please share this petition on Facebook and Twitter. --Please write to your City Council at Council@mercergov.org ASAP --Please attend the City Council meeting on May 16th. This meeting will be at City Hall and will begin at 5:00 pm. Note the early start time. ******** Costs of Urban Style Residential Density (Analysis): No retail vibrancy: According to the City-hired economic consultant, increased density will not result in additional stores and restaurants on Mercer Island. Increased traffic congestion: Future Town Center traffic is already going to get worse once I-90's reversible center roadway is closed next year, and the number of freeway entrances is reduced. Many more cars will be cutting through Town Center to get onto the freeway. We should not make it even worse by adding more high residential density buildings. Our one-lane Town Center streets simply were not built to accommodate these additional cars. More school overcrowding: Even with the opening of the new fourth elementary school, we will still have portables for the foreseeable future. We have no land upon which to build new schools so what is the plan to accommodate new students? And will the costs of future school bonds be so high that some in our community will be taxed off the Island? Higher costs to manage crime: Higher density generally results in higher crime, according to most reliable data. Higher crime translates into higher policing costs today (police salaries), and in the future (police pensions). Potential increased risk from fires or seismic events: Currently the Mercer Island Fire Department does not own any ladder trucks. In an emergency, including any confirmed structural fire, we must wait for ladder trucks to cross the bridge from Bellevue or Seattle. When the I-90 reversible center roadway closes next year, and traffic is like a parking lot, the ladder trucks will not be able to get here quickly. In an extreme seismic event, the bridges may fail so the ladder trucks would never be able to get here. If we do not have the proper fire equipment on the Island, then it is irresponsible to continue to build more four- and five-story buildings, especially in the Town Center, a known seismically hazardous area. Higher municipal costs that will result in higher taxes: Other infrastructures and services (water, sewer, etc.) will have to be enlarged to accommodate the growing population. Impact and mitigation fees are not large enough to cover actual costs. That translates into increased taxes for Mercer Island residents. Creation of canyon-like streets with buildings that block the views and sunlight ******** Background: The Town Center Visioning Process ("TCVP") began in May 2014 when the City Council acknowledged that the development code was not delivering the kind of Town Center that Islanders had been promised. To quote from the City's website: "The 2015 Town Center Code Update process is a citizen based, multi-stakeholder visioning exercise tasked with helping determine the desired future look and feel for the Town Center area for the next 20 years, by setting rules for things like building heights, public spaces, retail and residential uses, and streetscapes." For more information, follow the links on the City's website: http://www.mercergov.org/Page.asp?NavID=3058 The Joint Commission is in the final stages of its analysis. It will make a recommendation to the City Council in late-April. In May, the City Council will take over and finalize the code revisions and updates to Mercer Island's Comprehensive Plan. ******** For more information, or if you want to receive emails regarding our group's activities and progress, please contact us at IslandersforResponsibleGrowth@yahoo.com.