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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
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Petition to Sam Liccardo, Charles Jones, Sergio Jimenez, Raul Peralez, Lan Diep, Magdalena Carrasco, Devora "Dev" Davis, Tam Nguyen, Sylvia Arenas, Donald Rocha, Johnny Khamis, Michelle Yesney, Namrata Vora, Edesa Bit-Badal, Shiloh Ballard, Nick Pham, Ed Abelite, Peter Allen, Kimberly Vacca, Jared Hart, Krinjal Mathur

Save Evergreen Valley College from Rezoning for Commercial Development #SaveEVC

 On Dec 13th, 2016 City Council approved the  re-designation of the  27 acres of Evergreen Valley College (EVC) land  from Public/Quasi-Public to Neighborhood/Community Commercial (file no. GP16-007). In plain terms, the Board of Trustees of San Jose Evergreen Community College District (SJECCD) is intending to develop the community college land for retail, office and commercial businesses.  Rezoning the EVC land would lock out the land for strictly public serving purposes for generations to come. This land is a valuable resource to the Evergreen community, to San Jose and Milpitas at large to provide educational opportunities for our underserved communities. Let's not squander the land to investors who have no vested interest in our community’s education. Please support Evergreen Valley College to fulfill its mission "to empower and prepare students from diverse backgrounds to succeed academically and to be civically responsible global citizens."  (Mission Statement of EVC) Please sign this petition to OPPOSE the rezoning of the EVC property  for commercial purposes. Here are few considerations to oppose the rezoning. Social and Education Inequalities – Students who live in SJECCD are underserved relative to students living in other local community college districts surrounding San Jose and Milpitas. It has been estimated that approximately 18,500 students who live within the SJECCD boundaries attend local community colleges outside the district due to insufficient classes and programs at EVC and San Jose City College. The proposed commercial development further restricts educational opportunity by limiting the future growth of EVC. A Crushing Land Lease - The Republic Urban Property LLC lease for the 27 acres, which starts at 55 years and may be extended for up to 95 years by the developer, effectively locks out our students from future educational expansion on this EVC land today and for generations to come. Loss of Public School Land – The 27 acres of EVC land was purchased with public education funds intended for public education purposes.  If the EVC land is rezoned for commercial development and developed by Republic Urban Properties LLC for up to 95 years, it will be impossible to convert it back to public school use before 2110 (Lease was signed in 2015)! "What about the environmental impact and our quality of life in Evergreen?"  Rezoning allows for future commercial development. While the development will occur in increments, the rezoning will open the door for commercial development in the future. Such development makes little sense at this constricted location served only by two main roads, San Felipe and Yerba Buena Ave. which are now at the limits of acceptable traffic service levels.  Adding more office space would compound the limited traffic system.  In addition, several large retailers have recently left Evergreen, leaving their old buildings empty.  Community Being Short-Changed – The payback for the proposed Land Lease agreement brings in less than 1.5% of the SJECCD annual budget if the entire 27 acres are developed. Why should WE accept this trade-off for the great cost of losing the EVC land for up to 95 years today and for generations into the future. Lee
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