Petition Tag - zoning

1. Oppose Township Commissioner Approval of UPS Petition to Amend Zoning

A UPS subsidiary has filed a petition for a zoning amendment that supports UPS plans for a 935,000-square-foot regional hub to be built in the 2100 block of North Union Street in Lower Swatara Township The facility would generate 600+ Tractor Trailers Daily, and equal number or greater number of local delivery vehicles and over 1000 employee vehicles traveling in the Township. This will impact the health and the quality of life for the residents of the Township.

Following are some of the major areas of concern that support our opposition to this development:

1. Increases in vehicle emission particulate pollution and related negative health impacts.
2. Increased sound and light pollution and the related negative impacts.
3. Potential for environmental pollution which is amplified by the site location being in an area that is prone to sinkholes.
4. Increased risk of issues related to flooding
5. Increased traffic congestion and the associated hot spots that concentrate vehicle emissions sound and impact resident’s quality of life.
6. Potential Impact on Property Values.
It is essential that appropriate impact studies be performed prior to the approval of the petition, as Pennsylvania law makes it extremely difficult to overturn a zoning amendment once it has been approved. We believe that there has been a grossly inadequate level of due diligence performed to assess the negative impacts that this development will have on the community. We attempted to support the Planning Commission in their review. Many of the Commissioners totally ignored our requests for information and the research we provided. This included a requests that UPS provide us their emission statistics which are voluntarily provided by many of their competitors to the EPA through the Safeway program. The planning commission did not even pass the request along. In addition it was recommended that a third party analysis should be completed to evaluate the site risk as it relates to sinkhole flood and other geological risks. The commissioners suggested that this could be done internally with the township engineer and once again no action was taken.

In our opinion the Planning Commission provided their approval without 90% of the required impact data they needed to make a prudent decision.
This decision should be made on an educated basis with the impact evaluated prior to the approval.  This information should be published and the position of the citizens confirmed.  Approving prior to the impact analysis will also impair the legal position of the citizens on this issue.   If you agree with the above please support the petition listed below.

2. Stop the over-development of South Duncraig

The City of Joondalup have altered the Zoning for South Duncraig development to include R40/R60 developments. This allows for high density subdivisions and even high rises in certain areas. This was done without consultation with the community. When the option for rezoning was tabled with the community, it was proposed that the zoning when up to R30. We would like to call for a restoration of this original plan. An amendment 88 is currently being drafted, but does not included all the South Duncraig area. Those residence living north of Beach Road and to the West of Davallia Road are not currently included in this amendment.

3. Sam Bridge Nursery Needs Your Help

Sam Bridge Nursery & Greenhouses is a third generation family business that has been operating in the town of Greenwich, CT for 87 years. Due to excessive pressure from a neighbor, we were issued a cease and desist order from the town of Greenwich Zoning Enforcement Officer. The cease and desist order states that we have a "Landscaping Business Being Run Out of a Permitted Nursery."

According to the town's municipal code book (Division 2, Section 6-5 (11)), a commercial nursery shall mean a place where trees and other plants are grown for sale. Currently, the town does not have a definition for a landscaping business in the municipal code book. Although we find the Zoning Enforcement Officer to be a reasonable person, we believe that his interpretation of the town municipal code for nurseries is incorrect. We also believe that the current land use definition for nurseries, written in the 1940s, is vague and outdated. We will be asking the Zoning Board of Appeals to overturn Mr. Couture's decision and/or to amend our special exception to include landscaping.

When our father started this business in 1930, his business model was to grow and sell plants, plant related products, and services. In 1956 he moved his business from Doubling Road to its present location at 437 North Street. This property has been in our mother's family (Reynolds) for over 300 years and has always been a farm. The nursery and greenhouse business is considered farming; we operate under the Right to Farm Law and our property is assessed as farmland (PA490). Our family would like to keep this property as farmland rather than subdividing into house lots.

As part of running a nursery, we offer landscape design, installation, and garden maintenance services. These services are and have been an important aspect of selling the plants that we grow. These services also include many community outreach and special projects, several that we do free of charge for the town of Greenwich. Some of which are: planting and maintaining traffic islands, planting trees along public roads, growing and hanging the town baskets on Greenwich Avenue and the Post Road. We also work extensively with local community gardens, school groups, and non-profits. We do not cut grass, blow leaves, snow plow, perform masonry, and install lighting and irrigation or other services you would expect from a typical landscape company. We would like to ask for your support to help us overturn the zoning enforcement officer's decision and/or to amend the special exception for Sam Bridge Nursery & Greenhouses to include landscaping.

4. Oppose Zoning Variance -Commercial Daycare Center @ 226 Meadowvale Rd

Dulaney Valley Improvement Association (DVIA) has been a residential community since the mid 1950's. DVIA has tree lined streets and sidewalks to allow neighbors and their children to stroll along and get to know one another.
A new to the neighborhood resident, Haixia Chen Diggs bought 226 Meadowvale Road on April 18, 2017. The first of July she applied for a zoning variance to place a large family home day care center with 12 kids at this address.
A large family home day care center is considered by the state licensing agency and to be a commercial property. Haixia is seeking to get this property zoned as a business in a residential neighborhood.

5. Montpelier: Support 2017 Zoning Update for Housing

Since 1960, Montpelier’s population has declined, while that of Vermont and most surrounding towns has grown. At the root of this decrease is a severe housing shortage — a vacancy rate of nearly 0%. This well-documented scarcity poses hurdles to maintaining and enhancing Montpelier’s infrastructure and preserving the character of its vibrant community.

6. Preserve West Palm Beach Citizen Petition

Preserve West Palm Beach Citizens Coalition is dedicated to protecting the quality of life for West Palm Beach citizens and businesses by advocating controlled growth and preservation of an appropriate zoning code and comprehensive plan.


CALL TO ACTION - Catalyst Church and Life Message, Inc. have proposed putting a two-story warehouse next to the church which is in a residential area with homes and day care near by. This would require rezoning away from the protections residential zoning provides.

The proposed rezoning request highlights the very reason why our city needs zoning rules and regulations to ensure smart growth and development that makes sense in the context of the surrounding area. The current zoning limits land usage as designed for a residential, single-family neighborhood. The proposed zoning provides for additional uses, notably a planned development which specifically calls for a retail space, industrial warehouse, high-traffic food pantry, low/no cost medical clinic, counseling center, and commercial office environment.
• INCREASED TRAFFIC: According to comments made by Life Message, traffic as a result of this development would result in an additional 140-170 vehicles on most business days. Additionally, commercial trucks would be used to deliver food to the facility from grocery stores, as well as additional sundry drop-offs from residents.
• POLLUTION: According to comments made by Life Message, noise from this facility would include idling trucks, powered industrial trucks (forklifts and the like), and waste disposal. Exterior building lighting would also be prevalent to illuminate the surrounding parking area. Each of these items are certainly not present in the area at this time and their impact would adversely impact the quality of life for surrounding homes.
• DECREASED PROPERTY VALUES: The negative impacts from this facility as it relates to property values would be felt throughout the Lakewood Point, Princeton Park, Hanse Hamilton Abstract, Graham Estates, Bayview Estates, Spinnaker Cove, Champion Lakes, and Waterview neighborhoods. Numerous people have confirmed that the addition of a traffic-laden, noisy, and very busy food pantry would have a highly negative impact on the area.

Life Message members and associates are on city boards/committees/council so we need to send a clear message we oppose this! PLEASE HELP!!!

8. Rezoning review for Villages at Brandywine

Beazer Homes is seeking support to rezone a portion of land at the corner of McFarland and Highway 9 to bring a new townhome community with commercial out parcels. Below is the project description.

Project Overview
Villages at Brandywine will be commercial mixed use development that will improve the southwest area of Forsyth County. The vision for this development is that of a neighborhood grocery store and local shops that serve and can be identified with the surrounding neighborhoods. It is our intent that the services provided in these commercial spaces will benefit the citizens in the southwest part of the county and keep those sales taxes in the county.

Located just off the southeast corner of McFarland Parkway and Hwy 9, this commercial mixed use development will have excellent access to GA 400 and the Hwy 9 commuting corridor. The commercial spaces are located both on McFarland and Hwy 9. The development’s main entrance will be off of McFarland Parkway, with a secondary entrance off of Martin Road, next to the new Brandywine Elementary School, its namesake. There will also be a right-in, right-out on Hwy 9.

The intent of this development will be to improve walkability and support the existing corner commercial. This development is seen as a transitional use, moving from the intense intersection of McFarland Parkway and Hwy 9 back to the school and existing single family residential neighborhoods.

The Villages at Brandywine will be different from other commercial mixed use developments because it will feature the neighborhood grocery. This style of grocery will become the new anchor for future development of this section of the Hwy 9 corridor.

We expect The Villages at Brandywine to have a distinct identity as a neighborhood that offers connectivity and walkability to the planned new commercial as well as the existing commercial strip centers. A destination retail establishment like this one, will (1) help the surrounding retail by establishing a new neighborhood identity, (2) keep trips down on Hwy 9 by positioning a frequent necessity like grocery closer to existing homes, and (3) stimulate the existing corner retail to redevelop.
The southwest area of the county has long been passed over by developers in favor of other, more central areas. Now, with the addition of the new Brandywine Elementary School and Desana Middle School and the soon to be constructed Denmark High School, the southwest area is getting the attention it deserves.
Explain history of the Brandywine Elementary school acquisition (Phil Bettis)

The owner is seeking to sell the grocery site to an un-named grocery store that is not currently operating in this area. The owner plans to keep the retail along McFarland for future family business or develop the site for rental income. The architectural theme of Brandywine will be consistent throughout the neighborhood.

9. San Marcos Opposes Rezoning for a new H-E-B at the corner of Wonder World Drive and Hunter Road

The 6.2-acre property located north of the intersection of Wonder World Drive/Hunter Road and south of Purgatory Creek is the proposed location for a new H-E-B grocery story in San Marcos, Texas. Before construction begins, a zoning change must be approved by the City Council.

The land is currently empty of human habitation and structures. As a green area within a city landscape it exemplifies the type of natural scenery in an urban setting that attracts and attaches residents to our community.

The acreage is an environmentally sensitive property that drains into Purgatory Creek, which empties into the San Marcos River just above Children's Park. Situated next to the creek, this site is prone to flooding. It is also very near to an ancient Native American burial ground. It is situated directly across Wonder World Drive from an entrance to Purgatory Creek Greenspace, a jewel of the public greenspace in San Marcos.

The intersection of Wonder World Drive/Hunter Road is currently an area of heavy traffic, with frequent reports of automobile accidents.

10. Save Eugene the Sandy Hill Pig

Eugene the pig has a great life. He lives with his loving owner and his friend (a rabbit) where he enjoys taking baths, watching youtube and performing tricks. However, due to Sandy Hill by-law, Eugene may soon be taken from his family, which would be devastating to Eugene as well as the family he lives with.

Eugene and his owner living in Sandy Hill, which has a bylaw stating livestock cannot be kept. However, many Canadian cities including Edmonton and Calgary offer permits for owners to keep potbelly pigs as pets. If Sandy Hill adopted these same bylaws, Eugene could stay with his family.

11. Robinson Township Petition to Stop Higher Density Re-zoning


A development company is in the process of purchasing Lots 267-A-370 (Buranosky Property), 267-G-290 (Phillips Property) and 267-A-71 (Phillips Property) with the intent to build over 60 Single Family homes and over 60 Carriage Homes.

The purchaser is requesting a Zoning Change from R2 Residential Building to R3 Medium Density Building for Lot 267-A-370 in order to build the Carriage Homes.

It is not clear the number of acres in the total purchase of 70+ acres will be developed to support both the Single Family homes and Carriage homes but it IS clear that the zoning variance to Lot 267-A-370 allowing for medium construction is :
 Totally out of character with the neighborhood.
 Will take away more of our township's shrinking green space.
 Have a negative impact on natural waterways.
 Will cause a negative impact to residents and emergency personnel that must commute on roadways that already struggle to support the ever growing traffic volume.
 Cause unwarranted changes to the property taxes of current residents whose property neighbors the aforementioned Lots.

12. Stop Proposed Re-Zoning at 1823 E. Lawndale (78209)

A development group purchased 1823 E. Lawndale (78209) with plans to build seven or more homes on a lot that is less than .5 acre.

The lot as currently zoned would allow no more than 2 homes. The developer petitioned the San Antonio Zoning Commission to change the zoning to permit construction of seven or more homes.

The change would create an unwanted, high density project totally out of character with the neighborhood. It also would create a parking dilemma for home owners in and adjacent to the project.

13. Say No to Woodruff Road Rezone

Developers are planning on putting a small grocery store (like an ALDI) on the 5 acre lot (directly behind the the majority of the lots on all streets on the east side of Woodruff Lake).

The lot is currently zoned "POD" (Planned Office District) which is like a single story doctors office, etc. they want to have the property rezoned to "FRD" (Flexible Review District) which would allow something bigger like a grocery store.

The meeting is May 18th at 6pm at Greenville County Square 301 University Ridge. We will have 10 minutes to speak and they suggest having one spokes person but having as many people possible in attendance.

14. STOP Benchmark from Re-Zoning our Neighborhood

Benchmark Senior Living LLC is proposing to build a 67,000 square foot building on the Appleridge property, a lot that will require a zoning change from its current R-10 residential and C-3 special zoning to RH-S residential health service zoning. The lot in question backs onto a residential neighborhood and is located on Route 25A in Huntington and is opposite the intersection of Washington Drive and Route 25A (East Main Street).

Most of the land is zoned R-10 residential housing and this should be maintained. Any commercial building should be confined to the existing C-3 zoning that is on Route 25A and should be sized in accordance with the space that is available. Changing the existing zoning to accommodate Benchmark's request should not be supported by the Huntington Town Board as it will fundamentally change the character of the neighborhood.

Having an enormous, multi-story building at the entry into Huntington from Centerport will have a major negative impact on the area and potentially damage the environment and the ground water in a location without a sewer system to accommodate the waste from 103 patients and 70 employees. Benchmark plans to build a Sewage Treatment Plant to contain the output of the building's residents and employees. This is a major project and is not in keeping with the neighborhood's current infrastructure.

Benchmark Senior Living LLC should look at alternate sites that have the infrastructure and topography required to handle the large-scale facility they want to build. It should not be shoehorned into a residential neighborhood.

Signing this petition will allow us to gather signatures of citizens who are opposed to the proposed Benchmark development. The entire list will then be presented to the Huntington Town Board: Supervisor Frank Petrone, Councilman Eugene Cook, Councilwoman Susan Berland, Councilwoman Tracey Edwards, and Councilman Mark Cuthbertson.

Thank you for your support.

15. Help Protect the Shoreland Overlay District and our Neighborhoods

Protecting natural systems and developing a sustainable pattern for future growth is a key goal of The Minneapolis Plan for Sustainable Growth. As growth occurs, we must ensure that development is implemented in a way that preserves the beauty and health of our environment and that upholds the laws in place to protect our neighborhoods.

The SH Shoreland Overlay District was established to preserve and enhance the environmental qualities of surface waters and the natural and economic values of shoreland areas within the City. It states, “The maximum height of all structures within the Shoreland Overlay District, except for single- and two-family dwellings, shall be two and one-half (2.5) stories or thirty-five (35) feet, whichever is less.”

A new building proposed for 4353 Upton Ave S is in the Shoreland Overlay District, yet the developer has received a conditional use permit (CUP) to increase the height of the building to 3 stories and over 52 feet! This excessive height would provide elevator access to a rooftop deck and penthouse for tenants, effectively creating a fourth story for private use at the expense of surrounding properties.

This height is not allowed in either the Shoreland Overlay District or in the C1 zoning classification for this property. A building this tall would diminish the Shoreland Overlay District, negatively affect access to light and air of surrounding properties, change the scale and character of the Linden Hills business district, and set a precedent for even taller buildings outside Shoreland Overlay and C1 zoning limits throughout the neighborhood and the City. This type of growth is unsustainable and inconsistent with the Minneapolis Comprehensive Plan.

If we allow this excessive height in the Shoreland Overlay District, we erode the protections afforded by our zoning laws and set the stage for even taller buildings to be built, putting even more pressure on the environment and lakes we cherish in Minneapolis. We must take a stand to support the Shoreland Overlay District and other zoning laws, or developments like this one will further stress the environment and incrementally take away what we love about our neighborhoods.

Please sign this petition to support the Shoreland Overlay district by appealing the CUP for the excessive height of the South Upton building.

16. Don't Overdevelop Denver

Denver and its neighborhoods are undergoing a very rapid transition. Zoning laws dictate what can or can't be built on a given lot. Historic Denver determines what buildings are historically significant and therefore cannot be demolished.

But what about the effect on the city and its neighborhoods when demolition and new development happen at a pace more rapid than the city can keep up with? What about the effects on traffic, crowding, parking, and overall quality of life? When the new zoning code was put into place, it clearly didn't take into account the effects of mass demolition and new construction happening on multiple sites, all at the same time. It also didn't effectively ask for input from the everyday residents of these neighborhoods. The face of our Denver neighborhoods is changing at such a rapid pace that the traffic and quality of life are already deteriorating, renters and homeowners are being pushed out, and yet there is more demolition and development in the works.

Determining the historical significance of a building doesn't take into account the bigger picture. Many current residents of these old Denver neighborhoods chose this area because of the reverence for Denver's history, older structures and character. Many of those structures do not fall under protection from Historic Denver. What will be the impact to a neighborhood when so many structures, historically significant or not, are gone? In many cases houses are not being demolished here and there, one at a time, but rather developers are buying up and leveling entire blocks of houses to make way for luxury housing, replacing a block that had history and character with buildings whose character and design add nothing aesthetically and will soon enough be outdated, much like the many structures which followed a similar trend in the 1960's and 1970's.

The Mayor of Denver and Denver City Council must take a more active role in this process, and include Denver residents as well. It is not enough to say that because the zoning code and historical designation say a block of homes can be demolished and built on, that the demolition and development is therefore inevitable. It is still their job to ensure that the change and development that affect current tax paying citizens happens in a way that ensures it is done responsibly and retains the quality of life that brought us to these neighborhoods in the first place. If demolition and development happen too rapidly, it is a detriment to all. The luxury apartment bandwagon is pushing more and more renters out. Demolitions are forcing many homeowners out of their homes. In addition, too many luxury apartments combined with limited options for home ownership allows less personal investment by individuals and creates a more temporary attitude for the area. Once the market becomes oversaturated, and/or the high cost rents of these "luxury" apartments have excluded enough of the population, there won't be enough renters to fill these buildings. There is a lot of outside money being used for speculation on our neighborhoods. There is no personal investment there.

Secondly, putting too many people in an area whose roads are not built to handle the volume will decrease quality of life for all. One of the many example of this is in the area south of downtown Denver: there are already major traffic bottlenecks in areas along Speer, Broadway, and 6th and 8th Avenues, and it is now pouring over onto side streets that cannot handle the volume. It is not enough to encourage car shares, bike rentals, and a mass transit system that is already struggling. The reality is that in Colorado most people still own and rely on a car to reach parts of Colorado that the alternatives don't, and they need a place to park that car. And to insist that everyone will simply never drive around town if other transportation modes are encouraged is totally unrealistic. The fact is that our current mass transit system is not built to support this.

17. Protect Our Granite Bay Community

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We are the Granite Bay Island Community, a neighborhood to the west of Sierra College Blvd at Old Auburn Rd. We have been enjoying the country setting where we can grow our own produce, raise farm animals, keep horses etc. Recently a development company, Maverick Partners West, has proposed to destroy our rural community by packing 56 units onto only 16 acres, called "The Park at Granite Bay." It is planned to be a gated project of much higher density, despite sharing borders north, south, east and west, with homes on 1 to 4 acres.

The Granite Bay Community Plan is the guide for the growth and development of the community. Among the expressly stated goals of the Plan are the preservation of the rural character of the community, and ensuring that new developments are compatible with their neighbors.


1. Rezoning: Our neighborhood is currently zoned as residential-agricultural, with a 1 acre minimum lot size, resulting in a quiet and spacious neighborhood. The developers of The Park want to change zoning laws and the GB Community Plan in order to cram 56 homes onto 16.3 acres. If this were to happen it would completely alter the character of our neighborhood.

2. Future Developments: This is a game changer. There is still a fair amount of open land in our neighborhood, and if we alter the Granite Bay Community Plan and lose the agricultural zoning, we are potentially opening the door for future developers who would seek to use that land for more high-density housing.

3. Traffic: Sierra College is already a busy and potentially dangerous road. A 56-unit gated community that is only accessible from Sierra College and forces all outgoing traffic to the intersection of Old Auburn Rd is going to have an enormous, and likely dangerous effect on the level of traffic and the number of accidents in this area.

18. Stop zoning change near Norwegian Hospital in Humboldt Park

This petition will be given to Alderman Roberto Maldonado- Alderman of the 26th Ward.

He is tasked with granting the zoning change that would allow for the development to be built adjacent to Norwegian American Hospital.

19. Stop Big Box Development in Ballston!

More than 60 people showed up at the last Town of Ballston Planning meeting on May 1, 2014 to protest the application for a 135,000 sq. ft. big box development by Walmart. Residents were alarmed when they discovered that a PUDD (Planned Unit Development District) had been passed by the Town Board in 2011 allowing for such a large store. Residents were under the impression that the site was going to be developed with a grocery store under mixed use zoning that was the result of a hard-fought initiative by community members 10 years ago.

The PUDD approved in 2011 allows big box development, which is in direct opposition to the wishes of the residents of Ballston and the Town of Ballston’s comprehensive plan. Almost ninety percent of the residents of the Town of Ballston said the Town should encourage mixed use development with residential, office and small scale commercial or small scale, neighborhood commercial.

We are concerned about the tremendous impact of such a huge store on traffic, crime, local business and the quality of life of local residents.

20. Support our city of Crystal Lake

The city of Crystal Lake is taking a stand for us, the taxpayers. The city is saying that district 155 must comply with city zoning ordinances and apply for permits just like every other homeowner & business owner.

This needs to be done before a structure is built. This is a planning stage step that nobody should ignore. The district is blatantly ignoring this and costing taxpayers $$. Please support our city!

21. Keep Milton Green

The City of Milton is now in the process of undertaking a "Visoning Study" which may also include revisions to longstanding residential Zoning on the Highway 9 corridor.

Such changes in Zoning will have a major impact on quality of life in North Milton and a significant increase in traffic congestion.

22. Protect Coffee County Landowners

We have been blessed to benefit from a carefully planned zoning code that has allowed our county to grow while still protecting quality of life, property rights, and the environment. Proper planning is one of the under-appreciated things that makes an area a wonderful place to live.

Unfortunately, that may no longer be the case. If local quarry developers successfully change the zoning code to allow heavy industrial facilities, like landfills, rock quarries, and chemical plants to be more easily placed throughout Coffee County, the consequences would be severe. Residents of Hillsboro would be the first to be affected, with a new rock quarry in their back yard, but once the door is open, any industrial developer would find it easy to set up shop anywhere in the county.

That's why we're opposed to the County Commission changing the zoning code at this developer's behest. That's why our county Planning Commission has recommended AGAINST changing the zoning code at this developer's behest. And that's why we know ordinary citizens from across our county oppose changing the zoning code as well.

23. Nashboro - No More Apartments - Stand Up to Make Your Voice Heard

The neighborhood and community has a vote of no confidence in Vastland's ability to follow through based on their past history of foreclosure and desertion of a project in Nashboro formally known as Glencrest Townhomes located within one quarter mile of the property they are proposing to develop.

PUBLIC HEARING AT THE METRO COUNCIL Meeting, Historic Courthouse off James Robertson Parkway, TUESDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2012 AT 6:30 PM.

24. Give Nathan Duszynski a job for his family

Today is a sad day for the city of Holland, Michigan, particularly for one resident who was trying to help out his family survive. That family-dedicated resident is none other than 13-year-old Nathan Duszynski.

The reason why this petition was made for him is because he and his family are in a shelter after being denied from selling hot dogs from a mobile stand. You see, Nathan was trying to help his family to survive in Holland, Michigan because his mother and father are disabled. He signed up for his own food cart to earn some money. But the moment he started to sell at a local sporting goods store, City Hall shut it down. Now they have two different homes to cope with the parents' different disabilities.

The point is they shut him down because he was not connected to any business, but it was still unfair for him and his family. So, this petition is a rallying cry for signers, not just from Holland, Michigan, but from the entire United States and the world as a whole, to support him in on of these ways:

a) Convince at least one of the brick and mortar businesses to train him for a job within their premises.

b) Start a Kickstarter fundraiser for Nathan Duszynski to help him train to be a businessman and run a great business.

c) Convince City Hall to let him sell his hot dogs in a store and even hire others in hot dogs carts to spread the goods.

If everyone helps out Nathan to earn money legally, we will be a better world of people for all to see.

You can see the story at:

For Kickstarter, go to

Thank you for supporting Nathan Duszynski!

25. Deny the rezoning of the commercial property at Windgate Ranch's Southeast Corner

The property at the Southeast corner of Windgate Ranch is currently zoned for commercial and Deco Communities, LLC ( is proposing to build a multi-family (8 units per building, 1-2 bedroom/under 1,400 sf) "luxury" condominium complex, Echo at Windgate project 3-GP-2012/3-ZN-2012.

The price point, which has yet to be fully disclosed, looks to be in the mid $200,000 (or lower) price range, approximately ¼ of the investment in homes bordering Windgate. The addition of this residential project will have a negative impact on the quality of life of area residents.

Each Windgate Ranch resident was told that the proposed area was zoned for commercial development and homes were purchased based on that zoning. In order for Deco communities to continue with their proposed plan, they need to have the area rezoned from commercial to residential. Area residents are requesting that the City Council and Scottsdale Planning Commission maintain the existing comprehensive plan for Windgate and deny the rezoning request by Deco Communities, LLC, as well as deny the construction of the proposed condominium complex, Echo at Windgate.

We collectively believe that the approval of rezoning for the purposes of the proposed condominium community by Deco Communities, LLC could add risk and negatively impact the volatile home values in Windgate Ranch and adjacent subdivisions. Deco Communities is a new start-up company and to date they do not have experience with a new development, only redevelopment of low-end rehabs. This adds to concern regarding the ongoing financial resources to fully execute a quality product that would fit with Windgate Ranch or its upscale surrounding communities.
Numerous independent real estate appraisers have confirmed that a condominium complex with the given price points would have a significant adverse effect on property values, which have already been hit hard as a result of the recession. It is also likely that they could turn into rentals. In addition, we feel as though the quality of life in Windgate Ranch and the surrounding areas will be negatively affected with increases in density, traffic, noise, and parking that come with residential developments.

26. REDUCE Food Truck Regulations in West Palm Beach

The City of West Palm Beach, Florida currently restricts all Mobile Food Vendors from operating in a zone they have designated as Downtown (from Palm Beach Lakes Blvd to Okeechobee Blvd and Flagler Dr to Australian Ave).

The City of West Palm Beach also restricts Mobile Food Vendors from operating closer than one block in proximity to each other, without a special event permit. The current cost for a special event permit is, $50 non-refundable application fee and a minimum of $500 per occasion.

The City of West Palm Beach is currently searching for ADDITIONAL regulations to be placed on mobile food vendors. Ideas such as, having all vendors park in a central location for a tourist attraction and restricting proximity to existing businesses are being proposed.

27. Petition Against Re-Zoning of 20 Fred Varley Drive

Home and condominium builder Tribute whose mission is to create communities is seeking to change the zoning status at 20 Fred Varley Drive Unionville, Ontario.

This area is zoned “General Commercial” and Tribute is seeking to change the By-law to permit a “mixed-use Residential Commercial development” at 20 Fred Varley Drive which is just immediately west of Main Street.

Their most recent plan involves more than 100 primarily 2 bedroom residential units with at least 2 parking spots per unit for a total of 288 spots with some extra for the small commercial component.

This small historical unique area of Unionville bordering on the heritage district is already heavily populated with significant traffic present on the roads.

The addition of more residents will lead to excessive traffic congestion. Within 200 m of this proposal is an elementary school and seniors care facility and the resultant traffic issues will lead to compromises in safety for both populations not to mention the irate of other citizens living in the area and tourists to the heritage district.

28. O'Fallon, Illinois - Save Misty Valley & Glenview Addition (Main St.) from Re-Development

Update 9/30/11: CONFIRMED, Paragraphs 4(a) and (b) on pages 3-4 of the proposed Annexation Agreement spell out the complete commercial development of all current homes in the triangle formed by I-64, Green Mount, and U.S.Route 50.

If the Annexation agreement passes, affected residents WILL LOSE THEIR HOMES... Eventually. Paste this link into your browser to see Paras. 4(a) and (b) on pages 3-4:

DO WE REALLY NEED *TWO* NEW HOSPITALS WITHIN A MILE OF EACH OTHER ON THE SHILOH/O'FALLON I-64 CORRIDOR??? Belleville Memorial is already building a 2nd Campus in Shiloh, see here:

Original Text of background of this petition posted 9/28/11:
The City of O'Fallon Planning Commission is conducting a public hearing on October 11, 2011 at 6:00pm to review a recently filed Petition to re-designate our neighborhood to be part of a "Medical Campus Sub-Area Plan" in a proposed Amendment to the City's 2006 Comprehensive Plan.

This petition goes along with St. Elizabeth's Hospital's petition to re-zone the adjoining 108.79 vacant farm acres to the east and south of our neighborhood in preparation of constructing a new hospital and medical office complex.



But WORSE, imagine being forced from your home in a few years WITHOUT CHOICE, being paid a "fair" market value-- as decided by someone else-- then seeing your house Bull-dozed in the name of Economic Development.

It's called Eminent Domain.... and re-designating our homes' land under the city's Comprehensive Plan *could* be the first step towards it.

29. Stop 1180 Countrystone!

A builder has purchased the land at 1180 Countrystone in Kitchener Ontario. They are proposing a 29 unit Cluster-Townhome complex in a R-4 residential neighbourhood.

We STRONGLY disagree with this proposal.

30. Let everyone enjoy the Steele Mansion

The Steele Mansion is being reconstructed after nearly being razed. It has been approved to be used as multi-family housing (apartments). There are 15 units.