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.