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VOTE NO "Zoning Case 17-Z-033"

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We petition that the members of the City Council of Leander, TX Vote NO on Zoning Case 17-Z-033.

Per city codes, rezoning an area or neighborhood should be done as a transition that takes place in steps. In this case they would be jumping 3 steps down. We are considered SFR (single family rural), the next step down would be SFE (single family estate) and then SFS (single family suburban). What they are proposing SFUrban, SFCompact, SFLimited, SFTownhouse, & CH cottage housing.

Traffic & Safety -- it was estimated at the council meeting that with 1200 homes it would equate to 12,000 cars per day on the road. If a quarter or half of those come through our neighborhood, that is 3,000 - 6,000 cars per day on Honeywood & Council Springs Pass -- which is 200 - 400 per hour (15 hours most likely traffic times). This is a serious safety concern. On a national average, there are 4,900 pedestrian deaths by being struck by a motor vehicle. 55% of the fatalities are on residential streets. The Greatwood community was built with no sidewalks for our children and residents to utilize. Therefore children walking and riding their bicycles, have to do so in the street. These narrow streets were not designed to accommodate this kind of proposed traffic. In addition, there are no street lamps to provide illumination of our residential streets. Every Greatwood resident would be put at great risk of bodily harm walking at night due to vehicle traffic coming from and to the proposed development.

County Road 280 is not designed to handle the proposed increase in traffic volume. It simply does not have the capacity. As stated above, adding 1200 homes will increase the traffic volume to 12,000 trips a day, and 1200 peak hour traffic volume in addition to the volume the road already endures. CR 280 is a narrow road rated at 30 mph with S curves that is stop sign controlled. With all these factors, the level of service would fall below the threshold. By that criteria alone, the zoning should be denied until further analysis can be done with proper mitigation, to ensure the safety of Leander's citizens. CR 280 from CR 279 to Greatwood is already in egregious disrepair. The pavement has completely failed, and is in dire need of a complete reconstruct. The proposed development would revert the CR 280 to unusable rubble, thus hindering our direct access to emergency services.

This is not an anti-development petition. We simply ask that the City Council of Leander reject THIS proposal. After this proposal is rejected, it is fully expected that the developer will submit a new proposal. We ask that no proposal receive approval unless it is within City codes, does not create safety issues, and is agreeable with the majority of people that already live in the immediate area. After the last City Council Meeting on 2/22/1018, it is very clear that the extreme majority of people involved want for the City Council of Leander to vote NO on zoning case 17-Z-033. The City Council members need to vote NO on this proposal in order to represent the interest of their constituents. We, the residents of Greatwood are the constituents of the Leander City Council members.

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