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Petition to Mayor Lance Olive, Council members of the Town of Apex, Planning Board of Apex

Do not rezone Morris Acres to high-density

Dear Mayor, Council members of the Town of Apex, The Morris Acres property is currently designated for Medium density development on the 2030 Land Use Plan, and was re-confirmed as such by the Mayor, Council members, and Planning staff when the 2045 Land Use Plan was adopted on Tuesday, February 5th, 2019. The ink is not even dry on the 2045 plan and already changes are being proposed. Changes that will hurt this community. As concerned neighbors of the Town of Apex and residents of the Walden Creek subdivision, we respectfully ask you to uphold this decision. Below is an extract of the minutes posted on the Town of Apex website following the February 5th, 2019 public meeting regarding the 2045 Land Use Plan specific to the Morris Acres parcel (planning case # 19CZ02): “MAYOR OLIVE CALLED FOR A MOTION. COUNCIL MEMBER KILLINGSWORTH MADE THE MOTION TO APPROVE THE PLAN AND MAP UPDATE WITH THE FOLLOWING CHANGES; COUNCIL MEMBER DOZIER SECONDED THE MOTION: 1) KEEP 2030 LAND USE MAP DESIGNATION FOR HEELAN PROPERTIES; 2) KEEP 2030 LAND USE MAP DESIGNATION FOR MORRIS ACRES AREA; 3) KEEP 2030 LAND USE MAP DESIGNATION FOR JENKS ROAD AT WIMBERLY;” As a community and citizens of Apex, we are enthusiastic supporters of smart, planned urban development. This proposal is the opposite of that. It does not gently transition from our current low-density housing in Walden Creek to something similar. Instead it would abut 1/3 to 1/2 acre single family homes (low density – Walden Creek) to a 75 foot high apartment complex (high density), which is not in line with the Town’s definition of Medium Density: act as a transition between Low and High; currently the Morris Acres Development would not be abiding by that. The consensus is that we would like to see the Morris Acres parcel developed, but we would like you to uphold your previous decision and only rezone the Morris Acres land as designated today in the 2030 and 2045 plan, i.e. Medium density (no apartments), and preferably single-family homes. This is also in line with Mayor Lance’s statement on social media on February 2nd, 2019. “We have the right trajectory. Going forward we need to ride the brakes on residential growth”.  Our most compelling reasons include:  ·        The density and project objectives of the Atlanta based applicant essentially remain the same: the applicant did not respect and consider the Medium density decision of the Town of Apex from the meeting on February 5th, 2019. The applicant still seeks a High density zoning for an apartment project next to Walden Creek. Only slight differences can be identified between the original application (February 2019) and the latest amendment (June 2019): small increase of vegetative buffer between Walden creek and the Morris property, increase of building max height from 50 to 75 feet, reduction of 300 apartments to 296 apartments, allocations of 1-bedroom apartments to 50%. ·        Residential growth, harmony and buffer / transition. Walden Creek and the surrounding communities (Abbington, Scott Farm, Green Plains area etc.) are all family-oriented single-family homes or townhomes. Bringing about 300 apartments (up to 75 feet high) to the land adjacent to the Walden Creek community and other neighborhoods would disrupt this harmony and home town feel. ·        Flooding and storm water drainage: the applicant is not proposing anything concrete as a next step, leaving it to the city and state to mitigate. The applicant is proposing to comply with whatever minimums will be available to connect, and also suggests that there should not be any differences between before and after the high density apartments complexes are built. Also see attached pictures from the flooding in Walden Creek on Friday August 1st, 2019 - it happens regularly, and additional developments will worsen the situation for those citizens unless properly managed. ·        The applicant does not see any traffic impact on the current road system and traffic flow, and does not propose anything on that topic. This high density project, if approved, will bring 300 additional units and about ~450 additional vehicles to the small area between the 540, 64 and 55 highways, already congested during the morning and evening hours. Rezoning this parcel to high-density would also create a precedent for the other Morris properties (north) and potentially bring an additional 1200-1400 vehicles onto the existing road system. Thank you for your time and consideration. Best regards. The Apex citizens and Walden Creek residents

Morgan Huet
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