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No West End Property Restriction Without Awareness and Justification

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We are members of the West End community who oppose heightened restriction on property rights through Design Guidelines without sufficient awareness and input from the impacted residents and without sufficient research on the impacts of these restrictions. We call on WECA and the City to:

1. Revise the existing survey to clearly state the purpose and how responses will be used and to ensure that survey questions are neutral and not leading. Discontinue any reliance on the prior survey as support for the restrictions.

2. Distribute the survey three times via hand delivery, email, and public notice. Allow two full months to collect responses.

3. Create two new positions on the "Design Guidelines" committee of WECA to ensure that the perspectives of a diverse group are taken into account. Fill those positions with a preference toward individuals who are skeptical of Design Guidelines.

4. Conduct an impact analysis of the potential impact of restrictions on property values for a variety of homes and lots.

5. Conduct an analysis and make publicly available data to support that each restriction would have the intended effect. (For example, would a requirement restricting the types of building materials have a materially significant impact on residents' perception of "walkability" and/or address storm water management concerns?)

6. Pause further development of Design Guidelines until all of the above are completed.

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