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LITIGATION UPDATE 2/2/2021

 

On January 29th the hearing was held via Zoom. The Judge is reviewing the transcript of the hearing and will issue a decision in the near future. Please watch this space.

We have a strong case but there are questions of legal procedure that must be answered. To review documents from the hearing click on the link below.

 

NLSP's response to the City's motion to dismiss our writ is here as well as documents from the hearing.

 


 

Is 100 year old Cottonwood in the way of underpass?

And if it is, what should happen to it?

Click here to find out why the answer to this question might be a matter of life and breath!

In the City's own words, Neighbors are confused (p13):              

"Petitioners dispute is based on a
simple confusion between two different concepts of Amenity Space (i.e., “Open Space Coverage”) and Parks and Open Space in the Ford Site Master Plan."

"(the) Zoning Administrator interpreted this definition of Amenity Space (sic) to mean, 'All private property areas that meet the [Amenity Space] definition – ground level or above grade – apply 100% towards meeting the [25% Amenity Space] requirement. (Id.)'."


"armed with this interpretation, the Zoning Administrator then made its June 16, 2020, decision on Ryan’s variance application: Therefore, for [The Property] the 25% [Amenity Space] requirement is met based on perimeter  landscape/hardscape (including the
dog run area in SW corner) as well as the above grade amenity deck and green roof area. (Id.)

In other words, under the Zoning Administrator’s interpretation
of the Amenity Space in the Master Plan, all private patios, walkways, play areas, etc. can be added up. And when we add up all these areas in The Property, we reach that magic 25%
minimum. No variance needed."

If you go to the Master Plan (click here, and search for 'Amenity Space,' well, try it. We are understandably confused. It's obviously 'magic.'

We are regaled daily with articles about the need for higher density buildings (usually linked to multi-family, higher-rise buildings).

These clarion calls for change are typically linked to racism, i.e. if you oppose high-density you oppose affordable housing. If you oppose affordable housing you are racist.

Is this the connection which our city should be making? Is it really a good way to go or is it actually an unintentional form of discrimination?

Click here and see what science says.

NLSP remains committed to promoting responsible community development that enhances the existing neighborhood and the City overall. we need your financial support to ensure that we have the resources to help fund this effort, the pending petition, and future legal action. Please consider making a contribution to support NLSP's Legal Action Fund by clicking HERE.