Posted by Kevin Matthews on April 18, 2005 at 12:54:41:
Dear Friends and Neighbors,
Today at 5pm in the Sloat Room of the Atrium building, the Eugene Planning Commission (EPC) has a special meeting to continue their deliberations and make a decision on the developer's appeal of our victory with the hearings official on the Spring Knoll PUD.
Please, if you can, come and bear witness, and see how the EPC handles this appeal. It's like a compact and intense version of PUD 101!
Today, April 18, 2005 at 5:00pm
EPC Special Meeting on Spring Knoll
Sloat Room, (ground floor, back corner of) Atrium Building, 99 West 10th Avenue
The Spring Knoll PUD involves some 11 acres of prime remaining wildlife habitat near the southeast ridgeline, with pileated woodpeckers and three significant wild streams.
It's really important that this property be developed responsibly, in line with city code and the South Hills Study, so that native vegetation is preserved to the maximum extent practical. The submitted application didn't come close, with impact areas that would be clearcut, larger than the normal maximum lots size in the city. At our last general meeting, our neighborhood voted 38 to 1 to oppose the Spring Knoll Phase 4 PUD application. We testified accordingly and won the first round. If we win this appeal, too, it will help send a very positive message to developers in our area to give more than empty lip service to our area refinement plan.
At the first part of the appeal hearing last Tuesday, things were pretty tough as the developer showed up with nice guy/hardball attorney Bill Kloos, who threw up a complex after-the-fact legalistic hail-mary of about 18 pages, and was allowed to sit essentially in conversation with the commission for about half an hour (in the guise of questions to his rebuttal statment, which we don't get to answer).
This afternoon the EPC will continue and complete its deliberations to decide the appeal. There's no opportunity to comment, but it is important that our commissioners can see how much Eugene cares about fair, sensible, and respectful development.
President, Southeast Neighbors
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