A 3 story, 15-unit Rowhome Development on the NW corner of Willowmere Drive and Fleur Drive. The 2 parcels (consisting of the current vacant lot and the home just to the north) total .95 of an acre located at 3020 & 3010 Fleur Drive. The developer, Premier Construction Services, is requesting the city rezone the area from the current zoning of “NA3 Neighborhood District” to “NX1 Neighborhood Mix District.”
This project would consist of 15 rowhome single family townhome units and the proposed name of this development is “The Oaks on Fleur.” The entrance to the development is located off Willowmere. A landscape buffer will be installed on the west and north property lines to shield traffic from the neighboring properties. All units will have a 2 car garage and 2 car capacity driveways.
Pricing will start at $450,000.
*The Fleur entrance has since been removed and replaced with an additional unit.
We are writing to express strong opposition to the proposed rezoning of properties at ‘The Oaks on Fleur’ Development at 3020 Fleur Drive and adjacent lot from N3A to a NX1 on the northwest quadrant of Fleur Drive and Willomere Drive. While the local community may be unable to prevent development that will be detrimental to the area, nearly all residents in the Southwestern Hills Association neighborhoods are opposed to the rezoning of NX1. This has been proven by the Southwestern Hills Neighborhood Association members by an overwhelming majority vote from the developers previous attempts to build on Park Avenue and Fleur Drive. Our current zoning of N3A allows for single family housing (ranch) midcentury modern neighborhood. This development will cause traffic and safety problems, create even more problems with schools that are already over-capacity, destroy local wildlife habitat (owls were already displaced without assistance from Animal Rescue from property clearance by the developer), and potentially lower the property values of the existing community.
The development of multiple-family residences (row house style) tends to be clustered together in large developments near other dense land uses, such as commercial and office, as opposed to being scattered throughout neighborhoods; multiple-family residences are typically, physically, and visually, isolated from single-family residences; it is the goal of the Planning Commission to preserve existing neighborhoods. Our opposition is also based on these potential/probable negative effects:
Please DO NOT rezone this proposed development site to NX1. Once the property is rezoned, a developer can change the original concept within the approved new zoning. Single family construction fits within this neighborhood and community.
Traffic and safety of pedestrians are major areas of concern. Traffic jams and accidents are monthly on Fleur Drive due to already congested density and flow from existing apartments and residents as well as business traffic. There is an optical natural obstruction at the breach of the hill moving south on Fleur Drive 100 feet from this proposed development that has been reported to the city engineer and traffic departments with accidents occurring frequently. Adding 15+ new households proposed in this development will increase flow of a minimum of 30 cars to what is already congested flow just north of this marked point and could potentially increase accident and safety for traffic flow on Fleur and will disrupt the distance between Willomere Drive, Fleur Drive and Park Avenue deceleration lanes and the Park Avenue/Willomere Drive and Fleur Drive intersections. The intersection is routinely blocked by traffic turning onto Park Avenue 1 block north from Fleur Drive during rush hour.
The local neighborhood traffic will disproportionately surge during morning and evening rush hours, causing traffic issues during critical times for the existing Grays Lake and Southwestern Hills neighborhoods. The traffic surge during morning rush hours will also negatively impact safety for children, since students walk to school in the mornings on surrounding blocks including Willomere Drive, Fleur Drive and Park Avenue. In general, the area traffic is continuing to increase, and heavy traffic is already.
Schools in the area are already reported at overcapacity, and the council should not approve multi-family dwellings that creates or exacerbates a situation that will cause school concurrency to fail for this proposal and/or other approved plans.
Wildlife has been observed in the area, and any development will destroy their habitat. Any planned development of the property should consider the continuing impact to local wildlife habitat. There has already been a proven disregard for this in the displacement of owls.
The Multifamily dwellings are inconsistent with the neighborhoods developed in the area.
We are disappointed that several mailed notices were inconsistent. Some information on the proposal indicates 15 units, others saying 14 from the city letter and then another from the developer saying 12.
We urge you to disapprove the proposed rezoning from N3A to NX1 and protect the integrity of our neighborhood within the midcentury modern design and feel. Any other type of structures would negatively impact our historical neighborhood, aesthetics and the density would negatively impact our infrastructure and safety and struggles with current traffic issues. Our neighborhoods opinions are shared by many who have not managed to attend meeting or write letters and emails.
Thank you for your continued service and support of our communities.
We respectfully submit opposition to this project.
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Our small coalition of residents has done everything within our power and pocketbooks to fight to save our neighborhood. We have legal representation however are seeking funds to proceed with litigation.
FUNDS RECEIVED IN ADDITION TO LEGAL FEES, WILL BE USED TO PLANT TREES TO REPLACE THE ONES ALREADY REMOVED BY THE DEVELOPER.