|Re: neighborhood opposition||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Scott Cowley (scowleyaclis.lib.utah.edu)|
|Date: Wed, 21 Oct 1998 12:43:06 -0500|
In SLC, UT we had to go through a re-zone process. We went to 3 neighborhood council meetings where we were opposed by the leadership and organized neighbors at each one. Then, the day we went to the city planning council, the incoming neighborhood council president sent a nasty letter full of lies to them. I heard about this, took time off work, and hand delivered a counter letter. After passing the council unanimously, with the comment that "Any community would kill for this project", we went to the city-wide council hearing. Here we were postponed for months and then, through a combination of bureaucratic rule maneuvering, and incompetence by the neighborhood council president, we got passed. What saved us was 1) approaching the mayor, planning dept. director, and city councilors individually well in advance of need to present our case for cohousing and our particular project. 2) Working with those assigned to us by the planning department. 3) Showing how ridiculous the arguments against having such a development given the inevitability of development there, were. And accent the advantages and problem solutions. 4) Hiring professional help (architects) to prepare a professional plan to show. 5) Identifying and working with progressive people in the neighborhood. 6) Having a couple of open-houses on the site for neighbors invited by leaflets. Good Luck. Soften up the ground first !!!
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