|Help! We need letters!||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: MartyR707 (MartyR707aol.com)|
|Date: Mon, 17 Jun 1996 11:30:33 -0500|
Hello friends, Here is my update on the planning commission hearing last week that I wrote about (asking for property value info). It was kind of disastrous. a number of noisy neighbors showed up and (some quite rudely) objected to out project (14 units on 2 acres) for having too much density, generating too much traffic for the neighborhood, and lowering their property values. they also have a petition signed by 52 people in the neighborhood (many of whom are not well-informed I'm sure.) The planning commission chair is a friend of mine. He says we have the planning commission as a slam-dunk, but he thinks we are in big trouble with the city council, because they go by politics (votes) rather than good planning (our project is beautifully designed, conforms to the plan, etc.) What I am asking of all of you out there in already built (or at least approved) cohousing is this: *Can you get us a letter from your city council addressed to our city council saying how great cohousing is, and how glad they are they approved it? If it could talk about neighbors objections that went away after construction and move in, that would be even better. These letters can be addressed to Sebastopol City Council, c/o Planning Dept, 714 Johnson St, Sebastopol, CA 95472. SEND IT TO ME AT: Marty Roberts, 978 Santa Ana Drive, Santa Rosa CA 95404. *If you have any information about prices of cohousing going up after they are built, or neighborhoods being more desireable, waiting lists to live in these houses, etc., that might alleviate some property value fears, those could also be written to the city council but mailed to me. We will get them to the right place. this is one prong of a multi-faceted strategy that we are working on to get our project approved. As many of you know, we have been working for several years towards this goal, and are a bit scared that it could be in serious trouble. any help in the form of letters will be very gratefully appreciated. (thanks too for the emails of support that were sent after my last plea!) Marty Roberts Jewell Hill Cohousing, Sebastopol P.S. could someone please send me the "subscribe" instructions for getting on this list? I don't have the info for the new management and a friend somehow got dropped off and wants to get back on. Thanks again!
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