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Urban Planning

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Petition to Bob O'Neill

Voice Your Support for a "HealthPark" in Grant Park, Chicago

The HealthPark committee and the Grant Park Conservancy (GPC) seek your support to incorporate additional health and wellness features into the overwhelmingly successful Grant Park Skate Park - the most prominent urban skate park in the world. The GPC and the public collaborated to bring the Skate Park to Chicago, which upon its launch demonstrated the massive public desire for urban movement spaces. Now a committee comprised of local residents and the GPC are building upon the groundswell of momentum for outdoor movement spaces by incorporating additional features within the Skate Park area to ensure health, wellness, and movement remain at the core of this outdoor space. These additional HealthPark features will be integrated into the existing Grant Park Skate Park area in the southwest corner of Grant Park (Roosevelt St & Michigan Ave) creating an all-encompassing environment for using movement as a form of preventive medicine in the fight against obesity and chronic disease. The additional HealthPark components will be free and open to the public year-round. IMMEDIATE ACTION PLAN 1) Sign the HealthPark Petition! 2) Your written statements are important to this exciting endeavor!  Let us know your thoughts and what your vision is for the HealthPark in the comments below. How would you use the HealthPark? Your input is a powerful, vital component to making the HealthPark a reality. 3) Share the petition via social media using #ChicagoParks and #HealthParkGrantPark hashtags and LIKE the HealthPark on Facebook here. 4) Let’s Make It Happen Together! Learn more: https://www.grantparkconservancy.com/healthpark-grantparkThe Grant Park Skate Park, has proven to be a successful placemaking model that works and is in a constant state of evolution. The GPC created a collaborative society from the onset of the Grant Skate Park project. The Public, Skateboarders, BMXers, Artists, and many more were integral community members, participants and stakeholders. The Grant Skate Park grew organically through testing new ideas and monitoring outcomes and the park continues to evolve. The HealthPark will take a similar approach integrating the HealthPark into the Grant Skate Park as part of a healthy living public placemaking model.You ask what will your HealthPark be? - A public park that puts health, wellness and education at its center. - An arboretum infused with healthy activities including a wide-variety of exercise - disciplines including yoga, calisthenics, parkour, meditation & much more. - A home for free social events to build a healthy, all inclusive community.- Public Art, plants, trees breathing life and wellness into the heart of Chicago.Your HealthPark will be a public park that brings more green space and trees to Grant Park. Public parks have the power to preserve nature and make nature accessible to city dwellers to heal, renew, and restore mind and body. The HealthPark amplifies a park's natural traits by inviting people to move, be active, be purposeful and learn how to improve their health within a public, outdoor setting. By adding trees and creating more space for social interaction, the HealthPark will positively impact physical + mental health outcomes. The HealthPark will create and strengthen social ties while reducing isolation and depression. How has outdoor exercise changed your life? Why is outdoor exercise important to you? Why does the world need more outdoor public health spaces? Please comment and share your thoughts on this exciting endeavor! Let us know what you think, your vision, and how you would use the HealthPark.  

Grant Park Conservancy
1,096 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Mark Farrell, Jane kim, Hillary Ronen, Jeff Sheehy, Katy Tang, Ahsha Safai, Aaron Peskin, Sandra Fewer, Malia Cohen

Halt the installation of LED streetlights in SF neighborhoods until residents weigh in

In just a few months, that moody SF glow will be gone. Neighborhoods are being  rapidly transformed as the city replaces the old tangerine street lights with harsh, white, ultra-bright LEDs.  San Francisco's Public Utilities Commission (PUC), which has pursued the project without public input, chose to install high intensity, blue-emitting, unshielded LEDs that are both an assault on San Francisco's citizens and a public health concern. The new lights are nothing short of "mass civic vandalism," according to one novelist leading the charge against these new lights. SF residents describe the lights as turning their neighborhoods into "a construction zone," "a used car lot, and "a prison yard." And doctors warn that the lights damage eyes, interfere with circadian rhythms, and impair mental health. In short, San Franciscans HATE these lights. What's the problem? The new ultra-bright LEDs are far brighter and whiter than the orange sodium lights they replace. Certain streets now appear to be bathed in daylight 24/7. White LED's emit blue light, which is known to suppress melatonin, disrupt circadian rhythms, and interfere with sleep patterns.  The PUC ignored the American Medical Association's warnings about high intensity street lights, including their recommendation to properly shield then to reduce glare -- which can be blinding to motorists and pedestrians. The PUC also failed to follow the AMA's guideline to install smart LED lights that dim at off-peak hours.  The streetlights shine light in a much wider radius than their predecessors, casting a cold white glow into homes.  The new lights increase light pollution across the city. The new lights are ugly! They're invasive. They're cold. They're depressing. They ruin the night and they diminish our city. LEDs are not evil - but they have to be done right. LEDs are part of our future. They reduce costs and energy consumption. They don't have to be ugly. LEDs can emit any color profile desired, including warmer orange hues. Unfortunately, the particular fixtures installed by the PUC are not the result of caring human-centric design. They are the result of a bean-counting bureaucracy that failed to consider quality of life for the city's residents. As other cities have shown, there ARE alternatives and we CAN fight back: In Berlin, residents protested a similar streetlight conversion. As a result, local engineers designed warm orange LEDs that mimic the color and tone of the city's traditional gas lamps. In Davis, California, a citywide streetlight replacement was halted after outcry from residents. Davis then gave residents the opportunity to choose the type of LED lamps that should be installed. Residents chose a warmer light, with less brightness, than the city had originally planned, actually saving the city money. Berlin, Davis, and many other cities prove you do not have to sacrifice the energy-savings of LEDs to achieve great outcomes for residents. We want the same opportunity. So what do we demand? An IMMEDIATE STOP to LED street light installations until the public and our representatives can weigh in. For residents to have a voice in the type of lighting that is installed in our own neighborhoods and public streets.  For lawmakers to create a set of requirements for street lighting that reflect the wishes of SF's communities and not just its bureaucracies.  These steps will likely lead to better lighting with the right temperature and brightness for the vast majority of people in our city.  We have to act FAST. Once the lights are installed across San Francisco it will be difficult to reverse course. Send a message to our representatives that we want them to pay attention and DO something to protect our city. Let's stop these terrible lights from taking over. Let's save the night!       Additional links The best essay on the subject: https://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/18/opinion/sunday/ruining-that-moody-urban-glow.html?_r=0 SF complaints: http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Are-San-Francisco-s-new-LED-streetlights-too-12317593.php Health effects: http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2016/06/22/led-streetlights-could-led-to-sleepless-nights/ https://www.ama-assn.org/ama-adopts-guidance-reduce-harm-high-intensity-street-lights https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/blue-light-has-a-dark-side  Citizens push back: http://www.darksky.org/citizens-push-back-on-led-lighting/  

Micah Springut
376 supporters
Update posted 4 weeks ago

Petition to Chairman Mandelik and Members of the Planning Board, Jo-Ann Raia, Frank Petrone, Mark Cuthbertson, Susan Berland, Eugene Cook, Tracy A. Edwards

Stop the MegaMall -- Sign the New Petition that goes to the Huntington Town Board

***** IMPORTANT UPDATE ********** MARCH 2018 **************** THIS IS AN OLD PETITION TO THE HUNTINGTON PLANNING BOARD. THE BOARD APPROVED A RECOMMENDATION TO THE TOWN BOARD TO ALLOW A CHANGE IN THE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN ZONING THAT PAVES THE WAY FOR THE MEGA-MALL ON JERICHO TURNPIKE. YOU NEED TO SIGN THE NEW PETITION THAT WILL BE SENT DIRECTLY TO THE TOWN BOARD AT: https://www.change.org/p/stop-the-villadom-mall-on-jericho-turnpike *************************************   Below is the language from the old petition you signed that went to the town planning committee.  It is null and closed now that the planning committee recommended that zoning change so the mall can be built.  Still, it provides important background information.  To continue the fight, though,   SIGN THE NEW PETITION AND GO TO TOWN HALL FOR THE HEARING ON MAY 15, 2018 at 7 PM - HUNTINTON TOWN HALL ************************************* The Town of Huntington, Mark Mediavilla, and real estate developer Kouros Torkan want to change our zoning laws and build a Mega-Mall - larger than Nassau Coliseum - just 3 miles from the Walt Whitman Shops. The $80 million, 485,000-square foot Mega-Mall would be located at the corner of East Jericho Turnpike and Manor Road in Elwood (See Appendix B below).  To accomplish this, the Huntington Town Board will alter the town's Comprehensive Plan and change the zoning at this location from R-40 Residential and C-6 General Business to C-5 Planned Shopping Center (Appendix C).   The 50+ acre property - owned by Mediavilla - is zoned residential 1 acre lots with the exception of a small, 4 store building at the corner of Jericho and Manor.  The Mega-Mall would be constructed by Kouros Torkan's for-profit company, Villadom Corp. This company applied for $18.8 million in tax breaks from the Suffolk IDA, bringing into question lower property taxes or school budget benefits for residents. By signing this petition you are letting our elected officials know that you want to maintain our current zoning laws and want the Mega-Mall plans to cease.  Our reasons include the following: ·       Altering the Town's Comprehensive Plan and changing zoning laws takes away one of the most crucial reasons why families live and move to Huntington.  We choose to live here for residential neighborhoods with good schools and green space. If the residential zoning is changed, it would set dangerous precedent for more unwanted development. This means property in our neighborhoods can be sold and developed for multiple-dwelling housing, shopping centers, and other for-profit venues.   ·       We need solutions to current traffic problems in Huntington; we do not need to create more.  The proposed development is located in an awkward area of Jericho Turnpike.  The Mega-Mall would generate an additional 1,000 vehicles PER HOUR on Jericho which has been deemed "the deadliest road" on Long Island by Newsday.  Getting to the Mega-Mall from the Northern State Parkway or Long Island Expressway would require driving on Deer Park Avenue, Park Avenue or Deer Park Road.  This will adversely affect commuters who drive to Huntington Station LIRR.  Further, the initial report on the development calls for widening of lanes in order to handle increased traffic.  This is worrisome as there are residential neighborhoods along Deer Park Road to the south, Manor Road to the west and Warner Road/Elwood Road to the east with young children and school busses whose safety is of utmost importance.  Of note, the intersections on Deer Park Road/Avenue at Old Country Road and the fork near the Dix Hills Fire Department are very dangerous (Appendix I).   ·       A Mega-Mall is absolutely unnecessary as it will hurt local, small businesses currently in existence on Jericho Turnpike and in the rest of Huntington.  There are a myriad of articles and analyses written from other towns of how malls destroy downtowns and small businesses.  Simply put, we already have a high-end mall at Walt Whitman, just 3 miles away from the proposed site, and we need to support the shops in Huntington Village! ·       The proposed development would change parts of Mediavilla Orchard, affect the steep slope area bordering Berkeley Jackson County Park and destroy natural sand dunes from glaciers, verdant tall woods and open land for commercial buildings and a parking lot consisting of 1,700 parking stalls. The full environmental impact remains unknown.  There are long-term questions regarding air and water pollution, particularly since the location sits on all three parts of our aquifer and is just across the street from the Greenlawn Water District tower and pump.  Wildlife preservationists are concerned about the Red Tail Hawks, Great Horned Owls, and Box Turtles that live in this area.  The threatened Pink Lady's Slipper Orchid grows there in the spring. Perhaps Mark Mediavilla could work with concerned residents to find a more beautiful and responsible use for this space according to its residential zoning set forth in the Comprehensive Plan?  Perhaps developer Kouros Torkan can just simply leave Huntington alone and build a 50+ acre Mega-Mall near his multimillion dollar homes in Nassau and the Hamptons instead? Our elected officials serve the residents of the Town of Huntington first.  As such, they need to think of the quality of life of those who put them in office.  The Comprehensive Plan is clear: Leave zoning at Mediavilla Orchard as it is. Please sign this petition to support maintaining our zoning laws and stop Mega-Mall development.  Spread the word and let Huntington officials know its citizens love the town and want to make it more beautiful for current and future families – Lets do this together! --- FYI:  Documents related to the development can be found on Huntington's government website.  Below is the link to the Town's Comprehensive Plan and an independent traffic report.  They are followed by the reports submitted by the developer, Nassau County's Kouros Torkan.  These are NOT independent reports: Horizons 2020 Comprehensive Plan for the Town of Huntington(FYI the mall proposal violates several parts, most notably zoning, but also the vision statement and plan elements)http://huntingtonny.gov/filestorage/13749/13847/16804/16874/16876/Comprehensive_Plan_Update_Phase_2_Goals%2C_Policies%2C_Action_Strategies_Report_(Sept._2006).pdf  Greenman - Pedersen INDEPENDENT TRAFFIC REPORT(Completed after developer put forth his bc of quality issues)http://stopthevilladom.com/traffic REPORTS FROM DEVELOPER:Draft Environmental Impact Statement http://www.huntingtonny.gov/filestorage/13749/13847/16804/16874/16878/20874/Syndicated_Ventures_DEIS.pdf Appendix A: Environmental Assessment Form http://www.huntingtonny.gov/filestorage/13749/13847/16804/16874/16878/20874/Syndicated_Ventures_DEIS_App_a.pdf Appendix B: Planning and Zoning Analysis http://www.huntingtonny.gov/filestorage/13749/13847/16804/16874/16878/20874/Syndicated_Ventures_DEIS_App_b.pdf Appendix C:  Photographs http://www.huntingtonny.gov/filestorage/13749/13847/16804/16874/16878/20874/Syndicated_Ventures_DEIS_App_c.pdf Appendix D: SONIR Computer Model-Related Documents http://www.huntingtonny.gov/filestorage/13749/13847/16804/16874/16878/20874/Syndicated_Ventures_DEIS_App_c.pdf Appendix E: Ecology-Related Documentation http://www.huntingtonny.gov/filestorage/13749/13847/16804/16874/16878/20874/Syndicated_Ventures_DEIS_App_e.pdf Appendix F: Fiscal and Economic Impact Analysis and Assessment of Needs and Benefits http://www.huntingtonny.gov/filestorage/13749/13847/16804/16874/16878/20874/Syndicated_Ventures_DEIS_App_f.pdf Appendix G: Community Service Correspondence http://www.huntingtonny.gov/filestorage/13749/13847/16804/16874/16878/20874/Syndicated_Ventures_DEIS_App_g.pdf Appendix H: Cultural Resource Reports http://www.huntingtonny.gov/filestorage/13749/13847/16804/16874/16878/20874/Syndicated_Ventures_DEIS_App_h.pdf Appendix I: Traffic Impact Study http://www.huntingtonny.gov/filestorage/13749/13847/16804/16874/16878/20874/Syndicated_Ventures_DEIS_App_i.pdf Appendix J: Greenlawn Water District Groundwater Quality Data http://www.huntingtonny.gov/filestorage/13749/13847/16804/16874/16878/20874/Syndicated_Ventures_DEIS_App_j.pdf Appendix K: Reduced Density Site Plan http://www.huntingtonny.gov/filestorage/13749/13847/16804/16874/16878/20874/Syndicated_Ventures_DEIS_App_k.pdf    

Laura DiGrande
3,060 supporters