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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
This petition won 4 weeks ago

Petition to Milford Township Board

No to the Rezone

Concerned Milford citizens are rallying together to reject a request to rezone the following parcels in north Milford Township from Suburban Residential and Restricted Office to Single Family Residential. This change would pave the way for an out of town builder to put in 178 high density homes in the area along the west side of Milford Rd spanning from the River Oaks subdivision to Rowe Rd. This rezoning would be in direct opposition to the Milford Master Plan that had passed review just a year ago. Concerns voiced by residents include, but are not limited to,  the following: Safety concerns regarding increased  traffic along Milford Rd Increased traffic on Peters Rd and through downtown at rush hour, with no way to re route  Destruction of natural wetlands Ability of infrastructure in surrounding north Milford area to support an additional 178 new homes Loss of rural character of the area  Setting a precedent for other developers to build high density neighborhoods in all of Milford Township Now is the time to let the Planning Commission and the township Board to hear from Milford residents! We are off to a great start, but need to keep up our efforts. Please consider signing this online petition and sharing with as many people as possible. Contrary to what was previously posted, citizens in surrounding areas (Highland!) are also able to sign the petition and are encouraged to do so.  All persons of voting age in a household are eligible to submit an electronic signature, although they need to each be done under a different email address. If you have already signed a petition or have personally emailed Tim Brandt, there is no need to also complete this petition; your opposition has been noted.  We do ask that in the LAST NAME section, you include your mailing address after your last name (e.x. Smith 100 Main Street Milford MI). For privacy reasons, the address information that is collected below the  name field does not get passed on to either the creator of the petition or the person the petition is being sent to and we need to capture this information for the township to substantiate the residency of petitioners.  With your help, we'll be able to retain that small town feel that is Milford!  This petition is being sponsored by the Concerned Citizens of Milford, LLC  

Citizens for the Responsible Growth of Milford
1,086 supporters