Save our Furrow Creek neighborhoods!
We, the undersigned residents and neighbors of the area known as "Furrow Creek", described as the large lot area between Huffman and O'Malley, from Elmore Road westward, Anchorage, Alaska, are unanimous in our desire to keep and maintain our current R-6 large lot, single family home residential zoning, and are in absolute opposition to any plans by any party of rezoning to higher densities, including the incursion of AWWU water and/or sewer and the schemes advocated by the Planning Department in the Hillside District Plan. We believe we are being forced into the position of "sacrificial lamb" in order to fulfill desires of certain municipal employees for the extension of higher densities, and are horrified to realize that these plans are being pushed forward despite overwhelming and unanimous testimony and submitted public comments against this drastic change. Achievement of high density in our established neighborhoods will destroy the rural character of our community, greatly increase our property taxes, harm our fragile infrastructure, disrupt our abundant wildlife, add to the effluent waste going into the Cook Inlet, create less permeable surfaces to regenerate our existing water table, disrupt natural drainage, harm our rural roads and our valuable green spaces and destroy our small, home based businesses. It is, in effect, a taking of our private properties, as we have deliberately chosen to live in a mature, established area assured by zoning regulations to remain large lots with on site services. In addition, the immense financial burden imposed by AWWU (minimum $150K per R-6 lot) will cause undue harm to all of our residents, in many cases making their homes no longer financially feasible. If public services are available, the properties cannot be sold or refinanced without being forced to hook up to these services. Should an existing well or septic system fail, the property owners will be forced onto the public services. This is also, in effect, a taking of our private properties and forcing us onto city chlorinated water instead of our pure, sweet, odorless water. The property tax increases alone will greatly harm our most vulnerable residents, as property becomes far more valuable when public services are available and high density a development option. Furthermore, if successful, this will set a precedent that will allow further expansion of high density development both uphill and into the BLM lots, both already identified for future high density rezoning. We thank you for your attention to this matter and trust you will protect our neighborhoods from this nightmare.