Petition to Ron Nirenberg, Dr. Francine S. Romero
PETITION TO POSTPONE OR DENY ZONING CHANGE REQUEST
Petition to Postpone or Deny Zoning Change Request Case Number: Z2017078 S ERZD Land Description to be Rezoned: unofficial 0.83 Acre tract of land located within 8.508 acres tract described Volume 13770, Page 2487, Official Public Records of Real Property of Bexar County, Texas, Abst. 574, County Block 4766, N.C.B. 15825, San Antonio, Texas 78249. Address: Located within 5000 Beckwith Blvd, San Antonio, Texas 78249 Summary of Proposed Rezoning or Zoning Change: San Antonio Television, LLC (“WOAI”) is attempting to rezone a small portion of property located within the larger vacant tract referenced above so that a 250 foot tall wireless communications tower can be built within an area that restricts the construction or development of these structures within such close proximity to residentially zoned property and other commercially zoned property. Officially, the request is phrased as a change in zoning from the current classification: “C-2 MLOD ERZD" Commercial Camp Bullis Military Lighting Overlay Edwards Recharge Zone District” to the requested changed zoning of "C-2 S MLOD ERZD Commercial Camp Bullis Military Lighting Overlay Edwards Recharge Zone District with Specific Use Authorization for a Wireless Communication System.” (emphasis added). Status: - HEARING: Zoning Commission will vote to approve or deny this zoning application on April 4, 2017 at 1:00 PM. - LOCATION OF VOTE: 1901 South Alamo, San Antonio, TX 78204. - ATTENDANCE: ALL affected, adjacent neighborhood residents are highly encouraged to attend and voice their opposition to the zoning change. A voice at the hearing speaks louder than 10 signatures on a petition. Please make time to attend this hearing. The Vote Should Be Postponed, or, in the alternative, the Zoning Change Request should be DENIED for the following reasons: 1. NOTICE: Notice is required to be given to all adjacent property owners within a specific distance of the property being rezoned. Notice was not properly provided to the neighborhood of Woodland Park. Notice was mailed to the incorrect address of Woodland Park’s Home Owner’s Association (HOA) despite the HOA having its correct address properly filed of record with the county clerk in the real property records. Notice was not provided by certified mail. Notice was not mailed to Oakland Heights HOA. a. Woodland Park residents will be directly affected as the tower is directly across the street to the entrance of the neighborhood, and the tower will be visible from every property within the neighborhood. The HOA President was not alerted of this rezoning request being scheduled until Wednesday, March 29, 2017, when she was told of a meeting being held by WOAI to provide information about the tower and construction project. Accordingly, no information was available to residents and homeowners of Woodland Park until the evening of March 29, 2017. The vote to change the zoning of this portion of the property is scheduled only 3 business days after everyone in Woodland Park could be notified about the details of the zoning change and impact of the tower. b. To prevent requiring individual notice to be sent to numerous homeowners within Woodland Park, only a small portion of the subject property (0.83 acres) has been surveyed for the placement of the 250’ tower. This small tract is strategically located at such a distance that individual notice is not required, meaning that notice would only be sent to the HOA circumventing the intent of the zoning regulations. Now, the residents most affected by this request have no opportunity to voice their concerns or meet as a group to discuss options and generate a consensus as a community regarding their opposition, if any, to such development. 2. TIME IS NEEDED TO EVALUATE THE PROJECT: All residents and affected property owners should be allowed more time to consider the following factors listed below, and then present their concerns to the zoning commission, the proposed developers, and their representatives. Factors to consider: a. Consistency with the adjacent property as zoned and the large number of residential properties within a close proximity. b. Adverse impacts on the neighboring lands. Everything from property values, nuisance, community impact, aesthetics, effects on infrastructure, effects on the Edwards Aquifer Recharge Zone, and more need to be discussed with the residents and such concerns addressed. Citizens that are possibly affected in these areas should have the time and right to evaluate these factors independent of the recommendations of lobbyists, hired engineers, and architects. Moreover, the city employees tasked with an evaluation and recommendation of this project have been limited to a partisan application and presentation of the proposed project/rezoning due to the reasons stated herein. c. Suitability of the Current Zoning of the subject property. When the property was originally annexed and zoned as a Temporary Single-Family Residence District. While there are commercially zoned properties adjacent to the subject land, nothing even close to the magnitude of a 250’ communication tower can be seen along Vance Jackson from DeZavala to UTSA blvd. Other than the recent retail outlet built at the corner of UTSA blvd and Vance Jackson, the only construction projects built along this area of Vance Jackson within the last 25 years have been residential development in the form of homes or apartments. d. Health, Safety, and Welfare. In conjunction with this large tower, a large commercial building is supposedly going to be built wherein 300 employees will work. This area has hundreds of children walking, riding their bicycles, and being dropped off by their parents at the nearby middle school, elementary school, and high school. Moreover, large towers like these have come under immense public scrutiny when located near residential areas and schools. We should be allowed time to evaluate these concerns, in addition to other environmental or health factors that can apply in these situations. e. Public Policy. Zoning changes, special exceptions, variances, etc. should never be taken lightly or rushed through commissions or local government. Thus, notice is required in numerous situations. Here, that process was thwarted due to a mistake by the Developer or their agents (or through clever tactics employed by a politically savvy firm) as the notice was mailed to the incorrect address for the Woodland Park HOA. Public Policy requires that all affected property owners should be provided with clear notice of the possible impacts and proposed changes to land within their communities. The residents of Woodland Park, Oakland Heights, and Cantera Village have been deprived of their right to properly evaluate this project and voice all remaining objections to this change. f. Size of the Tract: Again, the attempt to only rezone a small portion of the tract to accommodate the wireless tower appears to be an abuse of the City of San Antonio’s rules and the intent of those rules. By only rezoning this small tract of land that is not even officially platted with the city or listed as a separate tract of land with the appraisal district, individual notice to numerous landowners was circumvented in direct contravention of the purpose of the rules put in place to protect adjacent landowners and allow them time to form a consensus and a voice. g. We require more time to properly discuss and allow for other legitimate concerns not listed above to be addressed or voiced before this vote can be properly heard. ACCORDINGLY, WE, THE UNDERSIGNED OWNERS OF PROPERTY AFFECTED BY THE REQUESTED ZONING CHANGE DESCRIBED ABOVE AND IN THE REFERENCED CASE, DO HEREBY PROTEST AGAINST ANY CHANGE OF THE UNIFIED DEVELOP CODE AND ZONING CLASSIFICATION OF THE IDENTIFIED PROPERTY, WHICH WOULD ZONE THE PROPERTY TO ANY CLASSIFICATION ALLOWING A SPECIFIC USE AUTHORIZATION FOR A WIRELESS COMMUNICATION SYSTEM.
Petition to Town of Owego Zoning Board
Do not approve solar farms in Tioga County that will negatively impact neighborhoods.
The Town of Owego Zoning board is considering a solar farm proposal for placement between two neighborhoods in Tioga County, on land that is zoned residential. The project is proposed for behind the Tioga Terrace and Toby Road. The proposed project would remove 20 acres of green space and replace it with 7000 solar panels, fencing, utility poles, and a permanent access road in a family-filled neighborhood. There are concerns related to property value, disruption in the quiet neighborhood, herbicide use, potential impact to endangered species, possible archaeological significance, storm water run off, and more. Show your support for the Town of Owego Zoning board NOT TO approve this solar proposal in a residential neighborhood.
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Stop City of Los Angeles from Building the Temporary Homeless Shelter on 682 S. Vermont
Let the City of Los Angeles and its affiliated government officials know that you oppose their plans to build Temporary Homeless Shelter on 682 S. Vermont Ave.(the heart of Koreatown) This plan is clearly not the best solution to resolve the homeless problem in Koreatown. But more importantly, the announcement/decision was made without hearing the true voices of the community residents and those who work in the community. Please join this petition so that we can make our voices heard!
Petition to Bill Peduto
Require City of Pittsburgh provide adequate notice to residents prior to road closures.
The City of Pittsburgh currently displays temporary "No Parking" paper signs to disclose road closures and no parking zones for construction and special events, sometimes with only 24 hours notice. This is not adequate notice for residents to plan to relocate their parked vehicles. As a resident who works from home for a trusted media publication, there are often multiple day stretches in which my vehicle is not moved, as is the case for many who work from home or work sporadic shifts. Since missing these signs, which are indirect conveyances of a mandate and rely on coincidence which results in towing and financial penalties as well as citations up to several hundred dollars, the City of Pittsburgh should hold the responsibility of adequately informing residents in writing with at least 7 Days notice prior to a closure or temporary non-recurring parking restrictions. This will ensure road work and events can go on as planned and also give residents adequate time to make alternative parking arrangements. My proposed plan: -City of Pittsburgh identifies road closures. -City of Pittsburgh posts a public web bulletin of closures weekly. -City of Pittsburgh sends written notice to residents with no less than 7 Days notice of closures within 100 yards of their residence containing both start and tentative completion dates as well as associated penalties for violation. -City of Pittsburgh continues to place temporary restriction signs for non-local traffic. This is a simple step the City of Pittsburgh can take to ensure smoother and more timely completion of city works tasks and alleviate residents from avoidable penalties and fees, which are unnecessary burdens.
Petition to Potential Developer, Marie Mercurio, Matt O'Malley, Julie Burros, John Barros
Dear developers: Preserve 128 Brookside Ave for working artists
Just in the past year, two whole buildings full of artists on Brookside Ave. have been evicted and are now vacant. One of those buildings is the beloved 128 Brookside Ave. Hundreds of performances and exhibits, and over thirteen artists, enlivened this building and our neighborhood. Now, 128 Brookside sits empty. It appears that it will be redeveloped in the near future. But, we as a community can work together to make sure it's preserved for working artists. As the undersigned, we ask any developer that redevelops 128 Brookside to do the following: Commit to preserving the entire building as a space for artists, as it has been for decades. Make at least a substantial portion of the building deed-restricted affordable relative to local artists’ incomes. Work in partnership with the city and the community to do so. The arts and artists are needed in Jamaica Plain. We're losing our arts community rapidly, but if we work together we can stop the hemorrhaging and make sure 128 Brookside remains a building for working artists.
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