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We are seeking public comment for items on the Planning Commission September 15, 2021 Meeting Agenda.

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Do you have any comments regarding ZA-001918-2021?

Shelby Douglass inside Town Limits
September 15, 2021, 11:39 AM
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    Shelby Douglass
  • Do you have any comments regarding ZA-001918-2021?
    My husband, Travis and I have a unique perspective regarding this proposed development in that we live on a lot in Crosswinds that is directly adjacent to the properties included in this rezoning. We are very sympathetic to the future displacement of the current residents but are encouraged by Porter Jone’s plans to assist in their relocations. Unfortunately, because of the price of waterfront property, it is unlikely nor economically feasible any developer would consider building an affordable housing development on the area in question. As for those who comment on the traffic concerns and the potential negative impact on the marsh, because we live beside this area, we see the number of cars that are regularly parked on the properties in question and they far exceed the number of cars that will be allowed to park in DPJ’s development. We are aware of a current property that has 8 people living in one home with as many as 5 cars regularly parked on the property. Many of current landowners and landlords do not enforce any restrictions on parking on specimen tree roots or other vegetation - something that will not be allowed in the proposed new development. There has been illegal garbage burning, dumping and strewn plastic and loose garbage that despite my husband’s regular efforts to clean up still finds its way into the marsh. The same code restrictions and ordinances that other property owners along Broad Creek are expected to abide by are not enforced in the area in question despite numerous calls to the city. The current owners of some of the streets in question do not keep their roads in good condition for their tenants nor have they repaired the two existing docks that are deteriorating and dangerous but still accessible to the residents and children who are frequently seen playing on them. DPJ plans to repair these existing docks at a considerable expense. And directly on the waterfront, is a very large pile of debris left from the recent removal of a direct waterfront mobile home that sat abandoned and deteriorating for years. The city was notified but the dangerous and unsightly debris pile remains. We have also witnessed young children playing on top of it. Again, the current landowner of this property do not seem to be held to the same restrictions and codes that others who live on Broad Creek do. A luxury apartment complex may not be ideal, but the strict building, safety and maintenance requirements that will be required along with specimen tree protection, proper garbage disposal and drainage/run off improvements would certainly aid in the marsh preservation. Should the council deny this request, we ask that they offer suggestions and plans to improve the current tenants’ living conditions in the area and force the existing landowners and landlords to be the responsible stewards of the marsh and property of Broad Creek that others are required to do.
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