Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Fred Lewis on protecting our neighborhoods from realtors and land developers!

Fred Lewis on protecting our neighborhoods from transients, drunken students, walkable businesses, and change!


> Dear Neighbor,

> Realtors and land developers are used to getting what they want in Austin.

> Seven of the 13 individuals who sit on the City’s Planning Commission have professional ties to that industry, and their recommendations will weigh heavily when it comes to CodeNEXT, the controversial land-redevelopment plan that will make it easier to demolish single-family neighborhoods and replace them with luxury residences.

> That’s not just unfair—it’s also a violation of our City’s charter <http://www.mystatesman.com/news/local/group-says-planning-commission-roster-violates-austin-city-charter/qldEx400KFTagKZFEItR7M/>, which limits the number of land-development professionals on the Planning Commission.

> I am taking action. I have joined Nelson Linder of the Austin NAACP, Bill Bunch of Save Our Springs Alliance, and others in filing a complaint <http://www.statesman.com/news/local/group-asks-district-attorney-investigate-planning-commission/nFv3JZLE8ILJLIDpRfLgPO/> with our local district attorney. It asks her to remove any planning commissioners who are serving unlawfully.

> A copy of that complaint is attached to this email. Please review it and feel free to drop me a line if you have any questions, or wish to offer your neighborhood association’s support. I lead Community Not Commodity <https://communitynotcommodity.com/>, and we are always in need of the following:

> Signatures for this petition <https://communitynotcommodity.com/wp-content/uploads/Petition-for-an-Austin-Ordinance-Requiring-Waiting-Period-and-Voter-Approval-Before-CodeNEXT.pdf>, which demands that CodeNEXT be put to a public ballot
> Block-walkers and other neighborhood-based volunteers
> Financial donations <https://donateway.com/donate/jrK7BSBb/community-not-commodity/payment>

> Thank you for your continued support!

> Your friend and ally,

> Fred Lewis

> About Community Not Commodity
> Community Not Commodity (CNC) provides Austinites with useful information about CodeNEXT, the sweeping new land development code being proposed by city leaders. We will fight for a code that protects our community, does not displace you or your neighbors, and maintains Austin’s livability. For more information, see communitynotcommodity.com <https://communitynotcommodity.com/>.

1 comment:

  1. 10,000-pound gross weight trailers are being permitted in residential neighborhoods where the legal limit is 2,000 pounds gross weight. They did not even bother to make it a formal decision and involve the general public. House sales suggest the trailer lowers adjacent property values by $50,000 each. The damage to the immediate neighborhood is from $500,000 to $1,000,000. This is a very bad decision from a high ranking person.


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