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Miriam Hoff Second Letter To City

February 27, 2023
City of Loveland Planning Division
Kerri Burchett, Principal Planner and Marika Kopp, Planner
RE: 6th and Douglas Zoom meeting.

Thank you for organizing the Zoom meeting to provide an opportunity for people directly affected by the Rezone and Comprehensive Plan Amendment #PZ-22-00154 to hear your presentation and ask questions. Although you believe you are taking rational steps to simplify zoning in our neighborhood, I and many others, do not agree with this proposed change. We believe that rezoning a large area to high density development will be very detrimental to our old town neighborhood.

  1. Many questions from residents related to both your original map and the revised map for R3e rezoning. It is reasonable for residents to question why the planning department would include properties which are conforming (the church and single-family homes) when recommending high density zoning for non-conforming properties. I believe the underlying concern is that by rezoning this large contiguous group of properties, the City is enabling a developer to buy several properties and build high density buildings which would be allowed in R3e zoning.

  2. I agree with many in the area, that the City should not be working for the benefit of a single property owner, and even soliciting cooperation from adjacent owners, to rezone a large area. I know the Courtyard was originally owned and operated by a local family. However, I believe it is now owned by an out of state LLC which does not have a personal connection with Loveland.

  3. Comments during the meeting support re-development of the former medical office property. Current city procedures already allow the owner to request a zoning change and present his plans for review. As part of this existing process neighbors have the opportunity to see the actual proposed changes and provide comments. I believe this open process would provide a constructive environment for change.

As I mentioned in my letter dated January 14, 2023, 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.

This proposed rezoning of several properties in our old town area would open a large area to high density development. Clearly, high density zoning is a both a personal and financial threat to homeowners who love their small piece of old town Loveland.

Respectfully submitted,

Miriam Hoff