Preserve Land Use and Zoning of 49th St and Grover
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The Brentwood Neighborhood Planning Contact Team voted unanimously to oppose the cases:
On April 24, 2012, the Brentwood Neighborhood Planning Contact Team (BNPCT) held a public meeting in accordance with our bylaws to consider plan amendment proposals for several individual properties within the Brentwood Neighborhood Planning area. The properties are located at 1209 W.49th Street, 1301 W.49th Street, 1307 W.49th Street, 1201 W.49th Street, 4804 Grover Avenue, & 4802 Grover Avenue.
The Brentwood Neighborhood Planning Contact Team voted unanimously to oppose the applicant’s proposed changes to the Brentwood Neighborhood Plan Future Land Use Map for the following reasons:
- The proposed use and density is inappropriate for a residential street such as W. 49th St. which cannot accommodate the volume of traffic generated by a project of the scale being proposed without adverse impact.
- The project is speculative and does not have buy-in from all of the affected landowners.
- The Brentwood Neighborhood Plan vision for Future Land Use along W. 49th Street is MIXED USE/OFFICE designed to foster a low-density, low-rise transition to adjacent single family homes. The proposed project would not serve that purpose.
- Brentwood resident and artist Jay Long and his family are a shining example of what was envisioned when the MIXED USE/OFFICE designation was put in place along 49th Street during the Brentwood neighborhood planning process. He embraced the changes made to the area during the Neighborhood Planning process, and has asked for this Team’s support in opposing the profit driven changes being proposed now. This Team would be remiss if it did not fight to preserve the protection that the existing land use and zoning provide Jay and area residents.
- The application is in conflict with Land Use Objective B1 because it does nothing to preserve single family residential uses, and creates little incentive for any single family redevelopment in the surrounding areas.
- The application is in direct opposition to wants/desires of affected single family neighbors in attendance at the public meeting.
- The applicants’ agent failed to show any benefit to the neighborhood generally, or any improvement to the Brentwood Plan based on her proposal.
- The application is contrary to Land Use Objective B3 (Encouraging commercial zoning that is appropriate for its location) because it would remove the MIXED USE/OFFICE designation which currently provides a logical transition to the neighborhood interior.
- The Brentwood Neighborhood Planning Contact Team believes that our Neighborhood Plan provides a frame work for increased density and affordability in Brentwood without these proposed amendments.
- The scale and scope of the proposed changes would negatively impact traffic, parking, and safety.
Additionally, our Team would oppose any action that would rezone the subject properties.
The BNPCT respectfully requests that City Planners, Planning Commission and City Council preserve the land use and zoning of the subject properties so that they might continue to serve the goals and objectives of our Plan.
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