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rezoning

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This petition won 6 months ago

Petition to Meridian City Planning and Zoning Commission, Meridian City Council, Mayor Tammy de Weerd

Maintain Linder/Chinden as a Mixed-Use Community Designation

PETITION: Regarding the Proposed Development known as “Linder Village” We, the undersigned respectfully, but strongly urge our elected and appointed officials of the City of Meridian, the Mayor, City Council, and Planning and Zoning Commission, to DENY proposed Amendment H-2017-0088 to change the future land use map designations, the Meridian City Comprehensive Plan, and all of its dependent associated requests for the properties at the south east corner of North Linder Road and West Chinden Blvd. We believe the proposed changes are NOT in the best interest of the City of Meridian and would adversely affect the quality of life of its citizens and those of neighboring communities for the following reasons: Increased congestion in North Meridian Traffic along Chinden and Linder has already grown substantially due to population growth, which shows no signs of slowing down. The creation of a supercenter such as the proposed Linder Village would by definition draw hundreds of additional vehicles from surrounding towns, increasing traffic congestion exponentially. Even if and when Chinden is widened, the extra lanes will barely keep up with the organic population growth without such a supercenter. Another Eagle Road? Chinden was designated by Compass (a regional planning consortium) as an “expressway,” a major artery intended to move traffic quickly without getting clogged by cars and trucks turning into and out of developments and shopping areas. This is controlled by limiting the number of access points to these areas and by restricting the number of traffic signals to no more than one per half-mile. The developers propose adding a new traffic light at Bergman and Chinden, violating the half-mile standard and setting a precedent that will make Chinden worse, not better. Direct impact on Paramount homeowners Noise. The changes would allow a WinCo store, or any superstore, to be open 24 hours a day. That means delivery trucks, workers, shoppers, lights, and traffic noise around the clock. Internal traffic. Traffic could enter Linder Village from 4 Paramount streets: Arliss, Bergman, Booth, and Fox Run. Those streets would feed into the proposed new residences, then continue into the Linder Village parking area. Shoppers wanting to avoid traffic congestion on Chinden and Linder could cut through Paramount via Cayuse Creek to the west, Director from the east, or any of several streets in the southern part of Paramount. People living in the new apartments near McMillan & Meridian could drive all the way to Linder Village through Paramount streets. Safety. Paramount residents who live near Director will already face increased traffic from the new Cadence townhomes being built east of Veranda. Anyone using the new pool on the corner of Director and Fox Run will have to cross streets even more jammed due to shopping traffic cutting through. Overcrowding. The developer’s proposal would eliminate current Plan requirements for pedestrian walkways, adequate buffer zones and setbacks from homes. Property values. While some potential home buyers might like the convenience of having big-box stores so close by, we believe the negatives would greatly outweigh the positives for most families. This will put downward pressure on home values in Paramount, especially those nearest the shopping center.  Some Paramount homeowners will simply decide to live elsewhere, contributing to an oversupply of homes for sale. Threat to the integrity of the City planning process Comprehensive Plan and Future Land Use Map. The City of Meridian states explicitly that a goal of the Comprehensive Plan is to “sustain, enhance, promote and protect elements that contribute to the livability and a high quality of life” for Meridian residents. We believe the current plan is a good one that supports this goal and many of us made our home buying decisions based on it. What value is such a plan if it can be altered as drastically as the developers are asking? The future of North Meridian. Far from being opposed to commercial development, we welcome it. Most of us would love to see a greater variety of small-scale stores, restaurants, services, and family-owned businesses in a pleasant, attractive setting that we could walk or bike to. But if the City approves this application as submitted, the message will be loud and clear to future developers that years of city planning can be brushed aside without concern for the “high quality of life” we have been promised.      

Preserve Meridian
456 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Ydanis Rodriguez

Save Inwood Library! Salve la Biblioteca de Inwood!

To Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez: We, a diverse group of parents, students, teachers, seniors, immigrants, workers and professionals from District 10, call on you to oppose the proposed Inwood Library/Housing project that would result in the demolition of the Inwood Library. Inwood Library is essential to our community. It is one of the most heavily utilized branches in the NYPL system. Tens of thousands of Inwood residents use its resources including free bilingual programs, literacy classes, computer skills training, homework help and career counseling. Recently our library underwent a major renovation for a new children's center and expanded computer space. In June 2016, Inwood Library won an award as the best neighborhood branch in Manhattan. Now, the city wants to sell the land to a developer and tear down our library, leaving our community without critical services for years. The city has promised that the developer will build a new library at this site, but has provided no concrete plans for any temporary replacement. We have no guarantee that the library will be replaced by a facility that's similar in scope. Council Member Rodriguez, we call on you to oppose the proposed demolition of Inwood Library, which would cripple the education and future of our children and hurt all of our community. Al Concejal Ydanis Rodriguez: Nosotros, un grupo diverso de padres, estudiantes, maestros, ancianos, inmigrantes, trabajadores y profesionales del Distrito 10, le pedimos que se opongo al propuesto proyecto de biblioteca/vivienda de Inwood que resulataria en la demolicion de la Biblioteca de Inwood. La Biblioteca de Inwood es una parte esencial de nuestra comunidad. Es una de las bibliotecas mas utilizadas del sistema de Bibliotecas Publicas de Nueva York (NYPL). Decenas de miles de residentes de Inwood usan sus recursos, incluyendo programas bilingues gratuitos, clases de leyendo, capacitacion en computadores, ayuda con tareas y asesoria profesional. Recientemente nuestra biblioteca obtuvo una renovacion importante para un nuevo centro para ninos y un espacio para uso de computadoras ampliado. En junio del 2016, la Biblioteca de Inwood gano un premio como la mejor sucursal de barrio en Manhattan. Ahora, la ciudad quiere vender la tierra a una empresa inmobiliaria y derribar nuestra biblioteca, dejando a nuestra comunidad sin servicios criticos durante anos. La ciudad ha prometido que la empresa inmobiliaria construira una nueva biblioteca en el local de la biblioteca, pero no ha proporcionado planes concretos, y no hay planes para ningun reemplazo temporal. No tenemos ninguna garantia de que la biblioteca sera reemplazada por una instalacion del alcance similar.  Consejal Rodriguez, le pedimos que se opongo a la propuesta demolicion de la Biblioteca de Inwood, una accion que paralizaria la educacion y el futuro de nuestros hijos y afectaria a toda nuestra comunidad.      

Save Inwood Library
1,404 supporters