From the SNA.....
On Wednesday, City Council held a public hearing on proposed amendments to Chapter 42. SNA President David Robinson, and Jane Cahill West who’s been heading the SNA’s Chapter 42 subcommittee spoke during the public hearing. After explaining that the SNA lacked sufficient time to develop a consensus position on the proposed amendments, David and Jane both suggested that the proposed amendments move forward next year after the SN community has had time to review and, hopefully, develop consensus on the proposed amendments. In addition, David provided Mayor Parker and the City Councilmembers the same request in writing. This letter was send to SNA members earlier this week.
Yesterday, Mayor Parker responded to David’s letter explaining that yesterday’s hearing addressed two separate Chapter 42 issues: (1) amendments initially proposed in 2009; and (2) a so-called Buffering Amendment developed more recently. The goal of the Buffering Amendment is to provide narrow regulations to "buffer" certain single family residences from the adverse impacts of neighborhing high-rise development. After prolonged discussion of the issue yesterday, Mayor Parker and City Council agreed that the amendments developed in 2009 should be presented to individual civic clubs and Super Neighborhood Councils before they are moved forward for a vote. However, Mayor Parker does intend to have City Council vote on the so-called Buffering Amendment before the end of the year.
Please find attached a copy of the proposed Buffering Amendment and a Memo prepared by Director Gafrick describing the Buffering Amendment. The Buffering Amendment is likely to be placed on City Council’s agenda for next week, but may not receive a final vote until the week thereafter. If a final vote is not taken on the Buffering Amendment at next week’s City Council meeting, it could be a topic for discussion at the SNA’s next meeting on Monday, December 19th. Several members of the development community who support the Buffering Amendment spoke at yesterday’s public hearing. Those members of the SN community who have provided comments to the Buffering Amendment have expressed concern that it is weak and provides little protection to residential neighborhoods. Please read the Buffering Amendment and Director Gafrick’s memo, and let us know what you and your community members think about it.