Urban Planning

392 petitions

Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Ike Leggett, Casey Anderson, Mike Riley, Tom Hucker, Marc Elrich, Roger Berliner, Nancy Floreen, Sidney Katz, George Leventhal, Craig Rice, Nancy Navarro, Hans Riemer

Make it Green! Transform the Silver Spring Library land into a Public Park

This petition supports transforming the historic Silver Spring Library and its land for public and open green space.  We request the County transfer the property to the Montgomery County Department of Parks. The Department of Parks, with community input, will determine the best uses and activities. The library site is 2.3 acres including the facility and the two adjacent parking lots on Ellsworth Drive.  Why should it be a Park? Because downtown Silver Spring lacks walkable outdoor places for people of all ages to enjoy nature in and around downtown.  Using this County property, the Parks Department can add open space for all ages to the heavily used dog park & playground for young children on Ellsworth Drive.  Alternatives being considered by the County could result in a large residential development on the property with no natural green space, impacting the existing Park and the historic library that is already integrated into the landscape. Why is it critical now? Because the County is considering these alternatives now, and a decision could be made in the next few weeks. Citizens must speak up, to help protect the environment. We support this once in a lifetime opportunity to expand a Park for the growing number of people living in and adjacent to downtown Silver Spring. We need more healthy outdoor places for people to play, relax, and refresh.  We need open spaces with trees, grass, and gardens to reduce the excessive heat of the buildings and streets of Silver Spring.  Parks help reduce carbon emissions, clean the air, and improve public health.  Downtown Silver Spring (the Central Business District, or CBD) has only one park larger than ¼ acre, the Jesup Blair Local Park on the DC line in South Silver Spring. On the downtown perimeter, there are only three small parks of less than 2½ acres each, all acquired in the 1960s and 1970s before the explosive population growth of downtown. The 2010 Census shows that downtown Silver Spring (the CBD) has 8,500 residential units and a population of over 13,000.  From 2010 to 2015, over 2,000 additional residential units have been built in downtown Silver Spring and 7,000 are current planned to be built, likely doubling the population. More buildings don’t make for healthful places, but parks and nature do.  Transforming the paved parking lots (on Ellsworth Drive behind the library) into a sun-filled natural healthful park place is needed more than ever. It will complement the adjacent dog park and playground for children under age 12, and provide an outdoor place for all ages. We support the transfer of the land, and all facilities on the site, to be owned and managed by the Montgomery County Department of Parks.  We support a land use balance of natural parks compared to roads and buildings.    We support these approved Montgomery County plans and recommendations for additional outdoor spaces and ask that they be UPHELD for the library property by the County Council, the Department of Parks, and Council Executive Leggett: "[The library site] is located in one of the highest density areas of the entire County, and it has the lowest level of park service per population in the County.”  Department of Parks letter dated 1/29/2015, requesting that the library property be transferred to the Department of Parks. “Consider converting local government facility sites, once they are declared surplus by the County, to parks…As government facilities consolidate or relocate (e.g., Silver Spring Library, Silver Spring Government Center), each site should be evaluated for possible inclusion in the park inventory.”  Page 86 of the 2000 North & West Silver Spring Master Plan*  “…[the] greatest needs for additional park and recreation services to be in areas nearest urban centers…in and around the Silver Spring Central Business District.”  2012 PROS Plan (Parks, Recreation and Open Space) “[the library property is] a valuable public resource offering the only opportunity to expand Ellsworth Park. The site is located in one of the highest density areas with the lowest level of park service per population in the County. Situated at the edge of the Central Business District, it could serve the residents of a high density area while acting as a buffer to the adjacent single family area.”  Letter from Montgomery County Planning Board to Montgomery County Department of General Services, February 13, 2015  * Master Plans are official land use planning documents for each small area of Montgomery County. They are created and approved by the County Council, and have extensive community, county government and professional planner input. The approved plan guides all future land use decisions in that area.  

Nature or Concrete?
879 supporters
Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to Evanston City Council, Evanston Mayor Stephen H. Hagerty

Stop the Tower in Evanston

Evanston is facing a turning point: does the city want to lure in massive developments that will alter the fabric and face of the city forever? Or do citizens want to support their local communities and investment in citizens' lives and well being? "The Tower," a glassy 37-story building, has been proposed by a private developer, Farpoint. It would be the tallest building (395 feet) in Evanston thus far, would contain 152 rental apartments, 153 hotel rooms, 258 parking stalls, a restaurant space, and a (possible) new home for the Northlight Theatre, (although to move into the building, the theatre would need to raise its own funds or rent from the developer). Developers said they would offer only 15 affordable units in the new building. This is the block, the 1700 block of Sherman Avenue, that is in the heart of downtown Evanston. Not only would the streetscape be altered dramatically (blocking sun, changing wind patterns) but, given the destruction of the existing alley and buildings, it would close local business (Bookends and Beginnings, Alley Gallery, Saville Flowers, and others). Traffic within the already congested downtown area would also be impacted by this development. The development requires a two-thirds vote by the City Council to be approved. Let's start to build a movement from the ground up to stop these private developers from seizing the land, sun, and sky in Evanston. The city residents want good businesses, want the city to thrive and the arts to flourish, and want Evanston to be a good place for everyone. This is not an either-or situation, as supporters of developments such as these often propose: Either we approve it and move into a bright future or we fail to approve it and doom ourselves to failure as a city. Evanston is home to many people of different backgrounds and classes. We need to support more resources for all -not try only to attract wealthy visitors and residents. We need to take the long term view and we need to start by stopping the tower.  

Vanishing Evanston
1,961 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Aaron Bean, Dennis Baxley, Elizabeth Porter, Daniel Raulerson, Herschel Vinyard, Albert Gregory, Rick Scott, Lewis Scruggs

Stop the "Special" Monument at Olustee

In 1912 a Monument commemorating the Battle and Forces of BOTH sides was erected by a Monument Commission established by State of Florida. Current ‘balanced’ text on the current Federal/Confederate/Battle Monument erected in 1912 by the Commission established by Florida Law:  “The Battle of Olustee was Fought on this Ground February 20th 1864 Between 5,000 Confederate Troops Commanded by General Joseph E. Finegan and 6,000 Federal Troops under General Truman Seymour.  The Federals were defeated with a loss of 2,000 men.  The Confederate loss was less than 1,000.”   Now, on the 150th anniversary, the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War feels a special monument is justified, claiming that there is no monument to Federal forces on the site.  Visitors to the site know that a large monument only to Federal Forces was dedicated in 1962  - the Centennial of the Battle by the same group, making this a disingenuous claim. The land the monument sits on was procured by the United Daughters of the Confederacy and eventually donated to the State of Florida for this re-unification monument.  Some modest additions have been made over the years, but the balanced text is the prominent feature.   There are many reasons to object to this Special monument:   1.  disruption of hallowed ground, 2.  if one 'special' monument is allowed, how many more 'special' monuments must then in fairness be approved, possibly creating a checkerboard of monuments on the site,  and many more. Appeals have been made to the Park Service but they seem to be dead set, so its is time for the citizens voice to be heard.   Please sign this petition, and then share it with you likeminded friends and family.

Kirby Smith
516 supporters