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Hi West Endies‍:

 

There is a lot to digest here, but we wanted to give you a reasonably thorough update from the City-hosted neighborhood Webinar on Thursday, Jan. 26th.

Please take the time to read and act...It is very important.

Update of Jan. 26 City Rezoning Meeting

The City of Loveland hosted a second neighborhood meeting on Zoom Thursday night, January 26th. They had to do this because the neighborhood’s strong opposition resulted in several property owners pulling out, reducing the proposed rezone size from seven acres down to a spare 1.6 acres. Then, three months after the rezone launch, the City expanded its mission. In addition to upzoning the remaining properties (vacant medical building, The Courtyard, and the Four Plex), the City is now also attempting to amend the Comprehensive Plan to high-density for those 1.6 acres. 


Truth be Told

During the meeting, neighbors asked some excellent questions, none of which were responded to in any satisfactory manner. Many were not answered at all.

Pressure from the neighborhood’s opposition, hard work, and research has forced more information out into the public.  For the first time, City planners admitted that the origins of this rezoning attempt started with the one property owner of the medical office, and the City stepped in to help him. The planners also admitted that this same property is the one with the non-conformity problems, not anyone else, as the neighborhood was continually led to believe.


"...he knew what he was buying.‍"

Neighbor Greg Hoff, President of Hoff Construction, spoke to this in a letter to the City on Friday: “The owner of the medical building is a well-known developer, realtor.  He purchased the property well after the grandfathered zoning expired.  I would think he knew what he was buying. If he did not know that the zoning was not appropriate for his use, he should have done his due diligence. There are numerous things he could be doing with the property that meet the current zoning requirements. He could also ask to for a special review or zoning change for his property. I/we don’t see the need to add the other properties into the medical clinic’s problems.” 
 
And yet the City has dragged the neighborhood in, while providing concierge rezoning service to that absentee property owner, and two others. None live in the neighborhood‍


Rezoning exception "...is not logical or reasonable"

In her letter to the City, Miriam Hoff wrote, “I understand that neighborhoods develop over time and zoning exceptions are sometimes allowed. This is a reasonable situation.  Proposed exceptions and redevelopment can be managed under existing City procedures. But to suggest that the existence of zoning exceptions requires that these properties, and also contingent properties, be rezoned, is not logical or reasonable.”


Developers and the City would hold great power 

The key question from the start has been: Why is the City spearheading this high-density upzoning effort? Why is it putting the priorities of several absentee owners above those of more than 1,000 other property owners who stand to lose big if the 6th & Douglas Rezone succeeds at City Council?

 

Once R1e zoning is replaced by the more aggressive R3e in a neighborhood like historic west downtown, then developers will line up for the same opportunity. Armed with R3e zoning, developers and the City would hold great power to direct the shape and scope of our own neighborhood’s future, not those of us who live here.

The owner of the medical building, Barry Floyd, insisted to a reporter this week, "I don't think the neighborhood is going to be harmed at all by this." And yet he will not say what he has in mind or offer plans for public review. And the City, by not requiring plans on the table before rezoning, is encouraging such disingenuous behavior.

 

In his letter to the City, Greg Hoff addressed this: “The problem I have is that the city is doing the research and incurring the costs of the zoning change for a developer who should and can pay his own way. Adding the other properties to the mix is opening the Pandora’s box. Similar to a gateway drug, once you get started it’s hard to quit. If property owners want to expand or redevelop, they should submit their plans, and go through the process. Each property owner can do that on an individual basis.”

It’s an extraordinary move for a city to take sides against an entire neighborhood, burning up our own tax dollars to work against us, and then charging us $30 an hour just to find basic information about what they were doing and why. We were forced to invoke the Colorado Open Records Act just to get answers, and found we were misled from the start, which can only be construed as bad faith.


The Fundamental Dilemma Remains

The City contends it has only taken on the role of rezoning applicant three times, with 6th & Douglas being the third. But when four neighbors spoke with planning heads last week, they learned the other two cases were: 1) a major street widening project, and 2) a business to business rezone, involving no material change. Those cases are not the same situation at all. They are as similar to ours as Funyuns to fruitcakes.

Nothing in the webinar changed the fundamental dilemma for our beloved neighborhood. The City wants to drop an island of high-density chaos into the middle of our peaceful community, and there is absolutely no legitimate reason for this drastic rezoning.


City Presses Forward and We Push Back

Our concerns continue to grow as the City presses this proposal on to the Planning Commission, and then on to City Council. No date has been set yet for the first hearing.

In the meantime, we must continue making our voices heard. More than 500 people have signed NO REZONE petitions. And NO REZONE signs are in hundreds of yards.




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