Petition Tag - development

1. Support Lidl Kings Heath

Godwin Developments propose to demolish the existing buildings and erect a new Lidl store with associated parking. The new unit will feature an attractive, single storey glazed frontage to Warstock Road, with car park extending to the west, north and north west of the store.

The Lidl store will extend to 2,125 sq. metres, with a net retail sales area of 1,324 sq. metres. The new store will feature a dedicated in-store bakery close to the main entrance. The delivery bay will be located to the north of the store.

A new access will be created to the site and will be taken from Warstock Road along the site’s southern boundary. The car park will provide 121 standard parking spaces, with 6 disabled spaces, and 8 parent and child spaces, which will be positioned close to the customer entrance. A new pedestrian access will be created from Warstock Road giving direct access to the store entrance and the car park. Bicycle parking will be provided under the entrance canopy on the western elevation, close to the store entrance and pedestrian access route.

It is proposed that the store will be open between the hours of:

• 8am to 10pm Monday to Saturday (including Bank Holidays); and
• 10am to 4pm Sunday.

Normally there will be a maximum of two HGV deliveries to the store per day. All store waste will be collected at the same time as the deliveries, therefore minimising HGV movements within the site.

The new Lidl store will provide the following benefits to the local area:

• Improved shopping choice and provision of a new mainstream discount retail operator for Kings Heath;
• A new brand store that will provide a clean and fresh shopping experience to meet the needs of customers;
• A dedicated in-store bakery;
• A contemporary building design that will complement the surrounding area;
• 40 employment opportunities for local residents;and
• Living Wage Foundation rate for all eligible employees and no zero hours contracts.

2. Build the Neighborhood! Approve Fantastic Cecil B. Moore Mixed-Use Development.

The RiverWards Group, Philadelphia's Preferred Developers are seeking approval to construct a new, gorgeous mixed used development at 5th and Cecil B Moore.
We are asking residents of 19122 to come together and provide your support for this impeccable development.

The RiverWards Group is committed to safe and quality building practices, and our many projects, from workforce housing to luxury new construction, have proved to benefit all neighbors in the communities they serve.

Help us raise your property values by allowing us to contribute directly to the growth and expansion of 19122!*

Check out the Complete Plans for Our Revolutionary Project!
View Full Site Plans

*Only residents of 19122 can provide valid signatures

3. Support Lidl Bingley

Bingley Town Centre is currently only served by one small – medium sized foodstore and a small number of convenience stores.

You may be aware that in February 2017, Lidl acquired the old Bradford & Bingley Headquarters on Main Street to build the first Lidl store in Bingley. A state of the art, new Lidl store is proposed which would provide a spacious and attractive shopping environment for residents of Bingley in a conveniently accessible location at the heart of the town centre.

The proposed Lidl store would significantly enhance the range of foodstore provision in
the town centre, increasing local choice and competition, clawing back spending which is currently leaking to out of centre stores.

The proposals include:
• A new 2,125 sqm (gross)/1,325 sqm (net sales) store;
• A bespoke design with extensive glazed areas to provide an active frontage to Main Street;
• 116 car parking spaces, including 7 disabled spaces, and 8 parent and toddler spaces;
• The upgrade of the Main Street / Myrtle Place junction;
• A new pedestrian link into the development from Main Street; and,
• Hard and soft landscaping, including areas of buffer planting around the northern and western boundaries of the site to soften the appearance of the new store.

The proposed store will be developed in line with Lidl’s latest format and be of a contemporary and high quality design whilst using stone to complement the surrounding areas.
The proposed development is likely to have a positive effect on existing shops and businesses in the town centre through increased visitor numbers and link trips with the new store.

4. Save the New Professionals Program

Recently it was discovered that New Professionals Program (NPP) was cut from the budget at CUNY Queens College, and will not be continuing. This program has been running for 3 years.

How much of an impact has this program had on you, as an Alumni or a current Queens College Student. Please sign this petition if it has, and share your 1-3 sentence testimonials below. We hope that by sharing our experiences and generating a petition we can show how powerful this program is, and potentially stop this program from being terminated.

5. Stop Rezoning and Protect Historic Downtown Milledgeville, Georgia

This November 8th, Milledgeville's City Council will vote on a request to rezone historic downtown property from Community Commercial to Multi-Family Residential. This rezoning would allow the development of a gated residential complex at 221 and 231 N. Wayne St in the heart of downtown. Evidence abounds that rezoning these properties would be the wrong move for our City Council to make, especially when Council Members take Milledgeville's history, culture, and economy - as well as the ordinances they are bound by - into account.

Milledgeville is worthy of its Historic District title. As one of the first planned cities in the United States, it was modeled after Washington, D.C. Construction of Georgia's antebellum capital began in 1803, but it wasn't until 1807 that a wagon train carrying the state treasury and official documents made its way from the previous capital, Louisville, to its new one, Milledgeville.

Around that time, city land was set aside for the local community to invest in and profit from. We call such zoning Community Commercial today. One antebellum business owner, Wilkes Flagg, founded his blacksmith shop downtown on N. Wayne St - even though he started life as a slave in Virginia. The money his 'master' allowed him to earn from practicing the blacksmith trade on N. Wayne permitted Wilkes to purchase his own freedom as well as that of his wife Lavinia and son Wilkes, Jr. He accomplished this more than 15 years before the end of the Civil War.

When Sherman came through Milledgeville on his March to the Sea, he didn't burn the city to the ground as he had Atlanta, however his men did menace the population that was unable or unwilling to flee. Wilkes Flagg, 64 years old and already a free man, was hung from a tree for days by his thumbs and tortured for his knowledge of where certain spoils of war were hidden. Although he knew such information, he never confessed.

By that time, Flagg Chapel Baptist Church had held service for 34 years, and Wilkes had been its respected pastor for decades. From that moment, he would go on to found the first public school for Georgia's freed slaves and people of color, The Eddy School. Wilkes remains, to this day, a celebrated historical figure and our citizens remember with reverence how he earned his freedom, multiple times over, in our historic downtown.

After the Civil War, a nearby Freedman's Bureau was established to manage the transition from slavery to liberty. By then, the state legislature had moved to Atlanta. As the new capital grew, so did the African American Businesses District on the cross streets of North Wayne and McIntosh. In this segregated business district, countless citizens earned their economic freedom and organized their continued fight for social justice. As time moved on, and segregation lost its social stronghold, the African American Business District came to be revered as one of Milledgeville's truly influential cultural centers.

Unfortunately, not much of the Historic African American Business District remains today. Some of it was demolished to make way for the downtown police station and court house parking lot. If the current request for rezoning is approved, and the land is developed as requested, when standing in the Black Heritage Plaza on the corner of N. Wayne and McIntosh you'll be able to look left and see a police station and look right and see a gated community, which will be marketed towards affluent college students. Such a decision would be one visible step closer to erasing the cultural and commercial heritage of both Milledgeville's Historic District and its Historic African American Business District.

While most citizens approve of developing these properties, many strongly oppose rezoning as the properties are the last open land still available for commercial development in our confined downtown. On page 52 of the Joint Comprehensive Plan for Baldwin County and City of Milledgeville, one of the points for land use says "We will continue to encourage the development of Downtown Milledgeville as a vibrant center of the community in order to improve overall attractiveness and local quality of life." However, if these properties are rezoned, the resulting gated residential development would ultimately serve only a small piece of our community’s pie.

It's important to note that Baldwin County has endured a 21.1% loss in employment since 2006, according to a Market Feasibility Analysis published in 2015. Rezoning property in such a small downtown from Community Commercial to Multi-Family Residential - in addition to erasing cultural and economic history - would in no way offer a long-term solution to our economic woes. While such rezoning may benefit local land owners looking for a quick sell of their properties, the vast majority of profits overtime would go to benefit a developer and residential management team based out of Athens. Land set aside to nourish the local economy would forever be limited in its original purpose.

It's also important to remember community resources, like our maxed-out downtown parking, when considering Milledgeville's economy. As such, the developer must provide 36 parking spaces for the proposed 36 bedroom complex. To fit these parking spots in the proposed lot, the developer requested a variance to shorten parking space length from 20' (that’s considered Code) to 18'.

At recent rezoning hearings, citizens repeatedly pointed out the obvious: trucks that residents and students actually drive in our region don't all FIT into 18' spaces. Therefore, residents of the gated complex - along with visiting friends and family - would have no other option than to park their oversized or visiting vehicles on the street, in spaces normally occupied by cars conducting local business.

Further stress on already limited parking would hinder accessibility to nearby businesses like Slater's Funeral Home, located across the street from the proposed development. Slater's has served the local community during its time of need for over 100 years. However, since available street parking has dwindled over the years, permitting this variance alongside rezoning would only continue the negative trend in available downtown parking.

The last section on page 12 of The Comprehensive Plan says it best: "...there has been an increase in housing that contains 20-49 units, otherwise known as multi-family housing. This housing has the potential to cause traffic and environmental problems if development occurs in areas that are not prepared to handle densities of this nature."

If that wasn't enough, page 16 of the same document states: "Haphazard development could result in the loss of many valuable resources that the County and City rely on for tourism and a sense of community." Our citizens are petitioning against rezoning these properties because we see with clear eyes the long-term loss rezoning would mean for Milledgeville's historic, cultural, economic, and community resources.

If you agree that rezoning 221 and 231 N. Wayne St. from Community Commercial to Multi-Family Residential is the WRONG MOVE for Milledgeville's City Council to make, we implore you to sign this petition and make your voice heard.

We also invite you to join us at the next City Council meeting at City Hall on November 8th at 6:30PM when voting will take place. There are few better ways to celebrate Election Day than by make your presence known and taking action as a concerned citizen. We look forward to seeing you there!

6. No to Nautique Burlington

Ontario’s Provincial Policy Statement, 2005 supports land use intensification by encouraging more optimal use of land, infrastructure, resources and services.

The unintended consequence of this policy is that we are slowly but surely losing the battle and control over what we would like our city to look like and this development is a prime example of how this decision will soon come before the OMB.

In essence someone other than the citizens of Burlington will make the decision even if we don't want the development as proposed and as rejected by our planning professionals.

7. Deny proposal for development on Tenino

Regarding Case file number: LU 16-195163 LDS which proposes a type 11x development on 6055 SE Tenino Street in Portland, OR.


A subcommittee was formed lead by Darren Babiuk to protect Gull Lake from further cottage development.

-Gull Lake MB currently houses over 300+ cottages a combination of both permanent and seasonal residence.

-Any further development of this small area can negatively affect our water quality and water source in which naturally creates Gull Lake as we know it.

- An application from Canadian Polish Athletic Club (CPAC) for re-zoning seeks to rezone two properties located in the Gull Lake area and adjacent to Highway No. 12, to a “SR” Seasonal Residential zone, which would facilitate future development. The purpose of the “SR” Seasonal Residential zone is to provide land use guidelines for those areas having existing large lot seasonal residential development, and the zone includes a range of permitted and conditional uses (e.g. single-family residential, restaurant, recreation facilities, etc.). In addition, “SR” Seasonal Residential zone would allow for newly subdivided lots (Note: requires separate subdivision application and approval) with minimum lot area of 15,000 square feet and minimum lot width of 100 feet.

9. Support The Residents Of Winsick

A major residential development of 160 houses has been approved by North East Derbyshire District Council (12/00306/OL). The site lies directly to the rear of 109-247 Mansfield Road Winsick/Hasland. and also to the rear of Gorse valley way. A recent application has been submitted to the council detailing the layout of the development, access roads, type and design of houses etc.

The Historical Hamlet of Winsick is a small settlement of dwellings consisting of a mix of cottages and houses most of them dating back to the 1800s It is a single row of dwellings.

The proposed development plan shows that the new dwellings will be located directly upon the existing homes garden boundaries effectively-a continuous, brick wall approximately 11 metres tall,The new development will entirely swamp the existing homes. No public consultation to discuss the design plan is to be scheduled-effectively we have no part in the decision making.How can this right.?

10. Save Gannons Dog Park Peakhurst

On Monday 5th September, council began works on the Gannons Park Shared Pedestrian & Cycling Path. This new development has apparently had extensive residential discussion about this topic, however, myself and MANY other residents who live within a 5 minute walk (including someone who has live across the road from the dog park for 20 years) have never been consulted or warned. I have lived here for approximately 5 years and have never had any information about this.

There is an extremely large amount of people who love using this off leash dog park, it is one of a kind! There is no where in Sydney like it. There is enough space that even dogs who are a little anxious can enjoy some off lead exercise without having other people and dogs (and cyclists) intruding their space.

People come from all over to enjoy this space with mans best friend. It is beautiful, spacious and safe. No where in Sydney can we enjoy such a large open space, without concerns of traffic nearby, without fences that force us to be too close to every other dog in the area!

Not to mention Hurstville All Breeds Dog Training. This is a fantastic volunteer run organisation who help 100's of people learn how to train their dogs every Saturday afternoon. Imagine how this will turn out with people speeding around a cycling track! They have been there for years helping the community learn how to train and handle their pets - and they weren't even made aware of this development until works were already underway!

People who try to do the right thing and train their dogs will have an awfully hard time doing so if there are cyclists speeding around. On any given Saturday there can be up to 50 people training down there.

Most afternoons there are so many people and their best mates enjoying this space. This will be destroyed.

No matter how well trained our canine friends are, a bicycle speeding past can set them off. They may be scared (i know my beautiful boy is scared of bikes, this is why we hang out down there as there are none), they may be excited and chase them - dogs chase things!

We dont let them off lead in upper Gannons for 2 reasons:
1 - It is not allowed
2 - sports with people running, balls flying and people riding bikes are a huge distraction and encourage dogs to chase!

Perhaps creating a cycling track in Evatt Park in Lugarno would be more appropriate? It is not an off leash area, therefore would not be affecting the small amount of freedom our dogs get.

The idea of putting in a bike track in an off leash dog park is clearly a bad idea. What is going to happen when a cyclist comes speeding through the park and a dog becomes over excited and chases it, or a small child riding their bike down there scares a dog and it chases them. Small children on bikes and scooters are generally a scary situation for dogs!

Please stop the works, please don't take away the best thing Peakhurst has! Please dont take away our only safe space to play off leash with our dogs!

Save our Dog Park!

11. Stop developments on The Spread Eagle site

We, the tenants at The Spread Eagle pub, have been informed by our landlords that they are taking steps to develop the land at The Spread Eagle and put it forward as a proposed site on the neighbourhood plan.

The Spread Eagle has been a hub of the local community, the land has been used for a variety of community events and weddings/functions and is used by the youth football teams. To lose the land would be detrimental to village life and also to the future of the pub itself. The site is grade 2 listed and within the conservation area and as such should be protected against any developments and changes of use and we call on the local councils to support our cause to protect the site.

12. Stop Glendale Rd Development

We would like to see the 4 planed affordable home building lots on Glendale Rd reconsidered for other uses.

We ask for this consideration due to the fact that the city is over the recommended 10% of affordable housing already in Northampton.

Additionally, similar projects are currently in process throughout the city that allow for more affordable housing other than the Glendale Rd development.

Within these projects, there are both affordable housing and non-delegated housing lots planed.

The residents of Glendale Rd and surrounding neighborhoods request that this same mixed allocation of lots be considered in this development.

13. Centene Expansion: Slow Down and Do this RIGHT!

Centene has asked the City of Clayton to approve and partially fund a massive development in downtown Clayton. The project will cost nearly $800M and Clayton residents are being asked to help fund this project with over $147M in corporate tax breaks.

When the project is finished, our downtown won't be the same. We'll see an entire block of parking garages. Centene's new office will have elevated walkways and an indoor cafeteria. They won't be a part of our community and visiting our businesses the way we had hoped.

Nobody can seem to answer how a project this big will impact our city. And nobody can seem to answer exactly how we'll be impacted during the years of construction. Nobody can seem to answer how the new cars won't cause traffic issues on Forsyth and Hanley and beyond. And nobody can seem to answer how our police, fire, and schools can handle the thousands of new visitors We're still not hearing these answers and we're left with too many unanswered questions.

We want to help Centene grow and expand. And we want to continue the kind of responsible and well planned development that helped Clayton become the way it is. But this project is so big, so complex, and so expensive that we deserve answers. We need to take the time to do this right and address these issues instead of rushing to approve this development.

14. Oppose development LIDL Blackwater

When Lidl first applied for planning for this store, it was for a NON_FOOD premises. After obtaining planning permission, and some way into the development, they managed to change the plan to build a food store.

The store they built has always struck me as rather temporary in appearance. I think this development is ugly, out of character with the local environment and unnecessary.

All of the problems they experience with their present site could be solved by keeping more tills open. Why should Blackwater suffer even more from the war between Lidl and Aldi?

15. Save Our Farmland Amagansett

The threatened housing development and road into it will forever alter the special character of Amagansett, replacing rows of corn with roads and rows of houses, disrupting fragile habitats, and significantly exacerbate traffic problems.

This is our only chance to keep this precious land from falling into the hands of a developer. To help please SIGN THE PETITION!

The proposed housing development and new road into it on the Amagansett farmland north of the Hamlet’s Main Street will:

1. Will destroy the character of the Hamlet, leading to lower property prices, more competition for existing local businesses, and a diminished quality of life for all.

2. Significantly increase traffic problems on Main Street, Windmill Lane, Schellinger Road, Town Lane, Cozzens Lane, and other residential streets.

3. Increase the number of potential summer rentals and associated problems with mega mansions right on top of the village.

4. Destroy the habitat of local animals and plants, forcing deer onto nearby property, roads and the railroad tracks.

5. Threaten the integrity of our ground water.

There is a sensible—and achievable—solution to protect the integrity of the village: an agreement between our Amagansett representatives and the Bistrian Land Corporation.

There is already a multi-million dollar offer on the table for the development rights that would allow the land to continue as a working farm as well as compensating the owners without turning the field into a housing project. However, no agreement has been reached.

16. NO Compressor Station & other Polluting Industries in Franklin County, VA

Because of the pending development of an industrial/business park by the Franklin County, VA Government, neighbors and surrounding landowners are concerned about the potential for polluters in the community.

The proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline is also routed through the northwestern area of the County's proposed industrial/business park parcel and there is the possibility for a Natural Gas Compressor Station or other Natural Gas substation to be constructed.

As individual citizens, we are together taking a step forward to protect our community and the county to keep polluting industries OUT.

17. Stop West of Braintree new settlement development

This is a petition to oppose the proposed West of Braintree "Garden City" development of over 13,000 houses that spans both Braintree and Uttlesford district councils.

This development will destroy not only Andrewsfield (historic WWII airfield), Ancient Woodlands (including Boxted Wood), sensitive ecological sites, and surrounding villages but also forever change the character of a very rural section of Essex.

18. 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.

19. Boycott Development in Maryland Heights Floodplain

Since before 2008, the City of Maryland Heights and St. Louis County have been actively encouraging large-scale commercial and residential development in the Missouri River Floodplain adjacent to Creve Coeur Park.

The MH City Council is currently putting out a request for proposals to develop an 1800 acre property that will completely blanket the floodplain with concrete and rooftops. In the Fall of 2015, the city approved a housing development of nearly 1000 homes next to the proposed retail/mixed-use development.

All of this land was just under 1-2 feet of water during the "unprecedented" flood in January (2016).

The plan to turn our floodplain into the largest empty strip mall in the region is sickening enough, but now wealthy developers are asking for the tax payers to pay for the destruction (ahem!) construction with TIF money and/or other tax financing/rebate scams.

20. Return Retail to Rockshire Development Proposal

We were once a community where walk-ability to small shops allowed us to meet our neighbors and share updates about our loved ones and families. Having retail helped define the word community by allowing us access to the many amenities enjoyed in other parts of the City of Rockville.

We shared pictures of our children, dropped off dry cleaning, had small restaurants/shops where we gathered, and were able to buy groceries and other needs. There are nearly 5000 part-time residents that are within a half mile of the Rockshire Village Shopping Center in addition to the nearly 5000 local residents that call this 'Home'.

At this time, there are no plans for this new development proposal to include RETAIL, just housing. We need to include and be a vanguard for all the stakeholders; residents, students that attend our local high school, middle school and several elementary schools, in our community.

By signing this petition, you are sharing with the City of Rockville that you would like to see a return of retail and a walk-able community so we have the same quality of life as others in the City.

21. Support 331 Lafayette Street Development

North Shore developer Robert Burr, Principal of 331 Lafayette LLC, is proposing to build a state-of-the-art mixed retail and office building at the corner of Lafayette Street and West Avenue in Salem.

The current buildings at this corner are run-down and house businesses with leases that are expiring. The property is actively being sold by its current owner.

Robert Burr has met with South Salem neighbors a number of times and incorporated their feedback, making changes that include size reduction, added parking, and a complete redesign of the building to fit with the historic nature of the neighborhood.

While a traffic analysis has found that the project would not increase traffic in any significant way, the developer has offered to provide the City of Salem with a strip of land to widen West Avenue and alleviate traffic, which has been a concern of many residents.

The most recent changes to the proposed development for 331 Lafayette Street include:

• Reducing its size from 40,000 square feet to 29,000 square feet.
• Increasing parking from 35 to 85 spaces, bringing the building’s parking capacity within zoning requirements.
• Offering to grant a strip of land to the City of Salem to widen West Avenue to alleviate traffic.

For this state-of-the-art mixed retail and office building to move forward, the developer must secure a height variance from the city’s Zoning Board of Appeals, even though the proposed development will be no higher than the highest part of the existing structure.

This petition was launched as a way for community members to demonstrate their support for the project.

22. Help save the Green Lands of Tarporley Cheshire Bowling Green and Allotments from future developers

Tarporley’s allotments were established in the early-1970’s and since then have provided a much-needed resource for those wishing to benefit from some gentle exercise while producing a variety of healthy vegetables, delicious fruit and beautiful flowers.

The allotment society has hosted a huge number of activities such as shows of annual produce, assisting the primary school with their allotment patch and other competitions which have served to bring friends and neighbours even closer together so helping to foster a healthy community spirit.

In celebration of the allotments founding all those decades ago, the Tarporley Allotment Holders Society Held a free Open Day on Sunday 23rd August from 1.30 pm. Plot-holders were on hand to discuss the minutiae of fruit and vegetable growing with all comers and delighted to talk to prospective plot-holders about how to get started if they are able to protect this Green land. Exciting events for children including potting of their own seeds. Also attended representatives from other organisations The Cheshire Wildlife Trust who advised on insect-friendly flower gardening and wildlife.

An Uncertain Future

The landowner of Tarporley’s allotments and the adjacent bowling green is the Royal British Legion which is in the process of selling outright to a developer. At time of writing, it is believed the developer intends removing over half the allotment plots which will be replaced by a mix of 2/3 bedroom houses. The bowling green and clubhouse is to be replaced by an apartment block. Please show your support for our treasured allotments and bowling green by attending our Open Day where more information will be available.

The Tarporley Allotment Holders Society has 38 plots of various sizes and, despite a healthy waiting list, there are often plots available for immediate use.

The allotments are affiliated to the National Society of Allotment and Leisure Gardeners and are also registered with CWAC as an Asset of Community Value.

23. Object to Development at Liberton Tower Mains


Glencairn Properties are proposing to develop residential units in a section of open land space, designated by Edinburgh Council as green belt and great landscape value.

Any development on this land would set a dangerous precedent in Edinburgh, and more specifically within the area of The Braids, and could signal further development within green belt and protected areas within Edinburgh.

Due to this the local community is strongly opposing any such development.

The area of land is currently used by children at the Montessori Arts School as an outdoor play area and learning facility, which would be lost as part of the proposed development.

In order to ensure that this application is refused please ensure that you share this petition with as many people as possible. The stronger the support, the stronger the voice the local community will have in ensuring this and future applications are refused.

The developer has finally lodged their planning application for the proposed housing units, the application and plans can be viewed on the below link. Crucially this is also where we must lodge objections with the Council to ensure that the opinions of the local community are heard.

Whilst notices of support on this petition are greatly welcomed formal objections via the planning portal and letters of objection to local councillors, MSPs and MP will be crucial in pushing the application towards refusal. Any such correspondence will be greatly appreciated by all who oppose this development.

Your support is greatly appreciated.

24. 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.

25. Business Plan for Sale of Town of Vic Park Land

The Town of Victoria Park has released a business plan for public comment proposing to sell the land where currently Leisurelife Centre; the Library; the bowling club; various arts, childcare and community centres; and MacMillan Park are situated.

It is proposed to sell the 57,000sqm of land to LandCorp (retaining only 2700sqm for an uncertain purpose) for just over $12m. This is about $250 per sqm.

There is no commitment to retain any of the community buildings and the open space will be drastically reduced with only a small town square being maintained.

The proposal was open to public consultation over the holiday period; however, the Council has extended the closing date for submissions to 27 February 2015.

To read the Business Plan proposal document click on the website link above.

If you are a resident or owner of property in the Town of Victoria Park then you can make a submission to Council. If you agree with the position being put forward below then sign the petition and a submission will be lodged.

26. 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.

27. Stop the John Lyon School Expansion

The John Lyon school signed a section 106 agreement in 1995. It did so in order to obtain the pecuniary advantage of a significant increase in the school build viz the provision of a Sports Hall, Swimming Pool, Library and Ancillary Areas (WEST/695/94/FUL).

In order to mitigate the impact of this huge development on the local community, the John Lyon agreed to limit the future build envelope and school numbers (to 525). The restriction with regard to school numbers was set in order to ensure that traffic generation was restricted to reasonable levels.

In October 2003 however, the then headmaster, wrote requesting an increase in numbers from 525 to 600. He reassured us that:

a) " We have no plans or needs to build beyond the defined envelope"

b) "The major survey conducted at the start of this year has enabled us to provide an accurate baseline and will provide the foundation for continual monitoring. We would happily accept that if traffic is not reduced significantly the requested maximum of 600 should be reduced".

c) "We would consult local residents through a questionnaire each year to monitor their reactions to the strategy and their view of its success or failure".

In the development committee meeting of May 2004, Harrow planners supported the application and re-assured us that:

a) "The (school) bus services are reported to have had some impact with a reduction of in the order of 25 cars per day from the base figure of 200 (12.5%) reduction".

b) "An agreed travel plan should be in place, with baseline data, annual targets and monitoring and reporting arrangements, to be undertaken at the schools' expense".

c) "Unlike other school travel plan, this proposal has a clear sanction in that if reductions are not achieved, the numbers would revert back to those previously approved".

Needless to say the traffic and parking issues generated by the additional pupils since then have become intolerable. Because of the school's neglect of current planning obligations we sought a meeting with School officials in June 2012. We advised that the traffic plan was not workable. In response the Headmistress and Bursar showed little desire to either enforce or monitor the plan. The meeting had no effect and follow-up correspondence during 2012 and 2013 went unanswered.

In it's current submission to allow the school roll to expand to 700 the school cites it's own data from 2013 and 2014. Both figures significantly breach the agreed baseline figure of 175 car journeys. In 2013 there were a total of 270 pupil car journeys, over a 50% increase above the agreed target. Furthermore, when asked what their preferred mode of transport was, more than 300 pupils said "car".

It is therefore very unlikely that any travel plan will result in a decrease in the traffic. Increasing the school roll will most likely result in a further marked increase in traffic and parking issues as 50% of the additional pupils are likely to be arriving by car.

28. Against larkfleet development of our rural area

Our history in the village of dragonby of looking out over the countryside views, where the dragonby dragon lies looking towards our views of changing scenery will be just another grey blot on the landscape.

Apart from destroying local green areas , the potential for further damage to the local environment from the ponds habitats to outlying woodland that is used by local herds of deer.

29. Reject Application to Rezone and Increase Density on S 32nd Street / S 690

The property development company M/I Homes filed an application with the Town of Purcellville to upzone land at S 32nd Street (S 690), just off Purcellville’s Main Street, that is historically zoned for low-density by-right development (R-2). The property is in the town's historic overlay district. The developer seeks to remove by-right zoning of the property from residential to increased-density mixed-use zoning that includes commercial options, among other things. This type of zoning is called planned development housing, or PDH. The current application seeks a density increase to build 42 duplex residential units that would include 21 5000 sq foot 1.5 - 2 story buildings on 10 acres, surrounded by parking for 229 vehicles.

M/I Homes’ request for PDH zoning would provide it with multiple dense-development options. Were the request to be approved, the land could be developed for commercial and industrial purposes, as well as residential. Please see Section 12 of Article 4 of the Town of Purcellville Zoning Ordinance to understand the possibilities opened up by PDH rezoning.

Please see this link to Virginia Fair Housing laws for more information about age-restricted housing:

We believe the application’s traffic assessment is unrealistic. M/I Homes is planning for parking to accommodate 229 vehicles (both resident and visitor parking). The additional volume would have a negative impact on the neighborhood. The increased traffic on nearby narrow residential streets J, K and L would alter the charm and character of these streets and endanger pedestrians.

Furthermore the development would create a separate community within a community that is already - and always has been - multigenerational.

Review the application documents here:

*the rezoning would give developers flexible development possibilities;
*the rezoning would limit citizen's ability to oppose development changes;
*the proposed development is out of character in the town’s historic overlay district;
*the proposed development would increase traffic congestion along S 32nd Street / S 690;
*the development would increase traffic congestion at S 32nd / S 690 and Main Streets;
*the development would create busy through-ways of nearby quiet, narrow neighborhood streets including K and L Streets.

Please contact town council members directly to request that they reject this application.

30. Our Community Our Space

We are reaching out to you as fellow residents of Nillumbik and members of our valuable community.

We are a group of local parents, community members and users of the Eltham War Memorial Precinct who are very concerned about the RSL’s plans to redevelop the site, located on Main Rd in Eltham.

Eltham Pre School, Maternal and Child Health, Youth Services, The Senior Citizens, Mother’s Groups, Food Share and teacher’s resource library are all located on the War Memorial site.

The precinct was set-up by the Women’s Auxiliary in the 1940’s and then managed by the Eltham War Memorial Trust, with the intent that it would act as a living memorial to those who fought in the war, offering services to the mothers, children and families of Eltham.

Notice from the 1945 public meeting

“Those who have had a member of their family in the fighting services will want to see that the form of memorial we are concerned with is one which will be a constant reminder to us of those who fought for us and the little ones for whom they fought and died”.

The War Memorial Site is owned by the Nillumbik Shire and is a hub for many families, new parents, young people, senior citizens and children within our community. The Eltham Cenotaph was relocated to the front of this site in 2012 by the RSL. Prior to this, the RSL had no history or relationship with the site.

After working with the RSL and council for several months to develop plans that would suit all users of the site and the broader community (plan 1) the RSL has chosen to submit new last minute plans to council for approval (plan 2).

These new plans will go before council again on the 14th of October and we are asking for your support.

We have serious concerns about the safety, accessibility and impact on the historical significance of the latest plans submitted by the RSL. We feel that we have a duty of care to raise these issues for debate and consideration on behalf of the users of the Eltham War Memorial Site and our wider community.

We support the development of creating a memorial terrace which is available to all members of the community to commemorate Anzac and Remembrance Days. We ask that consultation be entered into to ensure that the final design is suitable, accessible and safe for all users of the site, as well as in keeping with the original philosophy and intent of the site which was that it be a living memorial.

We call upon the council to direct the RSL to abandon Plan 2 and return to negotiations with the community and stakeholders in relation to Plan 1.

Please help us by signing our petition

And…… see below for more that you can do.

What else can you do?

Please look at the two plans below (on the next page),

Plan 1 - upgrades the access and creates an area that integrates with the Pre School and Maternal and Child Health/Mothers Group/Youth Services/Food Share/DEKTA Recourse Library buildings and other users of the site, including people of all ages and abilities accessing the range of services located on this site.

Plan 2 – does not upgrade access/pathways to the site and creates a corner filled with concrete not safe or suitable for children and families.

Contact our local councillors today, these people will vote at the next council meeting.
They need to know the community is concerned about this proposal, their decision will be influenced by what we the users and the community of Nillumbik say.

Cr Michael Young – Mayor
Cr Bronnie Hattam – Deputy Mayor
Cr Meralyn Klein – Councillor
Cr Anika Van Hulsen – Councillor
Cr Peter Perkins – Councillor
Cr Ken King – Councillor
Cr Helen Coleman – Ward Councillor