Recently I introduced a motion for a 6 month moratorium on high density residential development. On July 17th City Council will have a meeting to look at using this tool. Since this has been a concept I have been considering and spoke to several months ago, it should not be a surprise to anyone. Please read the below discussion and send me your comments prior to our July 17th meeting.
In 2012-2013 City Council re-wrote the zoning ordinance. It passed on a 8-3 vote. I voted NO because it encouraged high density residential over-development. Frequently when public policy is written it needs to have a “look back” in order to review how the new policy is working and if the policy is doing what was intended.
It is apparent that changes need to be made. The re-write is not working in our best interest. The re-write of the zoning ordinance has language that MUST be modiﬁed to eliminate or minimize the adverse impacts we are suﬀering.
High density and high proﬁle building is bringing traﬃc congestion to the point of near de-fault on our streets, increased crime and negatively impacting our schools. Obviously these things were NOT intended.
Since 2014 City Council has been lobbied by YOU the people regarding the way Lakewood is developing and growing and we must act. Frankly, we can not wait any longer. We will not have a second chance to get our growth right. A moratorium is NOT looking at any price point of building, but rather ALL high density.
This is not a “zero sum game” where it is us vs them or who is a winner vs loser.
The GOAL is to keep Lakewood a desirable place for those who already live here and those who will join us.
This summary should dispel any misconceptions, misinformation and misinterpretation that are out there.
What the Moratorium is:
Direction to staff to suspend action on applications for building permits to construct multi-family housing projects.
- Effective immediately and remain in effect for a term of six months unless modified by a subsequent motion
- Allows time for City Council to “listen” to what the people are telling us about the kind of city they envision and what we are actually creating without the pressure of on-going development.
- A way to give City Council a short “pause” or “time out” to spend on language in the zoning ordinance dealing with density.
- Time for City Council to really understand the implications of the housing study and get citizen input.
- Time to get the results from the Union Blvd. Corridor transportation study.
- Re-look at the .75 parking spaces per apartment criteria and evaluate if this is really working.
- Consider “line of sight” before granting permits for multi story buildings.
- Consider language that asks for adjacent property owner input.
- A mechanism to diminish developer money in this election. Cycleneutralize developers and special interest money in 2017.
- Return a voice to the citizens who have a vested interest in their community and neighborhood.
- After time to identify what is actually being created, use our collective priorities for “community” and protect the loveliness of our established neighborhoods.
What the Moratorium is NOT:
- A “political” strategy.
- Punitive action against developers.
- A permanent tool.
- It should not be associated with any initiative-that is incorrect.
- Does not impact projects already under way.
I believe in our collective wisdom and I AM listening to you and hear your concerns.