Monday, October 3, 2016
To the Editor:
Shoreline Preservation is proud that we and our supporters saved so many homes surrounding the parks. But saddened that so many others in our neighborhoods are now going to be faced with bulldozers, displacement and disruption by the Radical Rezones.
We feel the council finally did the right thing leaving most of the sensitive areas and wetland/steep slope buffers protected with existing R-6 zoning. We worked hard for two years to achieve that much. But, rational people might ask, why were those areas EVER on the table? It was cynical of the City to propose high density there.
We feel Council still went way overboard with the Rezone, and many of the areas they touched will be redeveloped in a piecemeal way. And it is so unnecessary, so destructive to thousands of lives in both Rezone areas. So many perfectly decent, affordable homes, trees and neighborhoods will be irreparably destroyed. And, most of those residents displaced will not be moving into tiny apartments by the freeway. They will likely move far outside the city, contributing to more sprawl. So many lives disrupted, just to raise revenue? Or just meet some policy goal?
And they passed the Planned Action Ordinance, another abomination that will leave citizens in these areas with even fewer options.
And climate change? The massive number of trees lost, the houses torn down and sent to landfill will contribute to climate change. Methane is what is created by construction debris, the most potent greenhouse gas.
There is still much to be done to actually protect the critical areas in our city. Funding must be found to permanently protect those buffers.
Shoreline can do better if it truly cares about its citizens rather than throw thousands under the bus!
Shoreline Preservation Society is reviewing the results and considering our future actions.