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March 18, 2014

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The previous owner/developer gave up because a City Council member told him to go speak to Nancy Hall first.

The original project used a member of the National Green Building Alliance as a consultant, and the previous owner had hired that person to help ensure the project would be a green Gold Standard project. This new proposal is literally the opposite of that.

Keeping in mind that the new owner has a right to PROPOSE anything he/she wishes for that site, we the people also have the right to refuse, through the planning process, anything we see as detrimental to our community.

Unless we are to be overrun by these types of proposals, we do need to get out and engage.

Why -- in the name of good government -- do we continue to allow "height variances"? The height cap was put in place for a reason, and yet everyone and their brother wants to exceed it. In addition, this project will "add" an additional 60 to 70 vehicles [approximately 2.1 vehicles per household, including motorcycles] dumping onto Fassler, when this specific street is one of the most dangerous streets in the county. I challenge anyone to plant themselves at the corner of Copeland and Fassler between 0715 and 0915 and again between 1430 and 1800 and tell all of us how many vehicles actually traveled the speed limit posted [outside of the backup early in the morning]. This project needs to be reduced by half to even get considered, I think. Tell the Planning Commission and the City Council to vote "No" on this plan. It is dangerous and does not meet the "spirit of the city" as it relates to the height limit.

Thanks for posting this. It is not on the city website -- how did you find out about it?

(Editor's Note: Riptide has eyes and ears everywhere. We are grateful to all our news sources for keeping the community informed.)

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