Help in dealing with developers.
May 31, 2014 8:58 AM Subscribe
I have a one-on-one meeting scheduled with a developer whose plans directly impact my quality of life and that of my neighbors. How do I best use this to our advantage?
posted by Mr.Me to Law & Government (9 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Asking for a friend:
A local midsize developer has purchased half the block on which my house is located. They are planning to build about 15,000 square feet of retail space with 44 residential condo units above. This is a four story building with parking underground, albeit insufficient parking even by code and neighborhood need. All units will be sold as condos so there will be no overall owner and the property will be managed by a condo owners association. The local University campus is about four blocks from here and there is concern in the neighborhood that these condo units will be purchased as investments and rented to students at an increased density. I think there is considerably less concern about the retail portion of this development.
The developer will have to go through the zoning change process with the city to build a building of this height and for this use. In the early 90s the neighborhood fought to change the zoning to its current zoning which allows for community appropriate commercial use and a maximum height of two storys.
My property and one other abut this property and there are two other residential properties on my side of the block which do not abut, but which will be impacted by noise, traffic, light blocking during the day and lighted parking at night,
I have met the lead architectural consultant on a couple of occasions and have raised concerns and questions about the project. Other neighbors have as well, but due to my proximity, letters I have written and comments I have made at community meetings and in a city council special studies meeting, it seems I have become the squeaky wheel. The developer has asked to meet with me next Tuesday at my home, one-on-one, to discuss my concerns. They want to see my place and my "point of view".
What I am asking of you is to help me formulate questions to ask them. What would you be concerned about? What issues do you think may arise out of this discussion? What do you think they might be looking for from me?