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City approves appeal from neighbors fighting back against development near Petroglyphs

City approves appeal from neighbors fighting back against development near Petroglyphs


NEIGHBORS AND DEVELOPERS WHO WANT TO BUILD HOUSES RIGHT NEXT TO THE PETROGLYPHS. NEWS 13 )S JEANNIE NGUYEN IS LIVE NEAR PASEO BY THE PETROGLYPHS WITH WHAT THE CITY DECIDED. DEAN — THE DEVELOPERS ORIGINALLY GOT APPROVED TO BUILD HOUSES HERE THAT WERE TALLER AND WITH A SMALLER LOT SIZE THAN THE STANDARDS ALLOWED. BUT NOW THE CITY )S SAYING — NOT SO FAST. Brennon Williams – Planning & Zoning – 1:00:37 “Those approvals are no longer valid. They can )t vary from the standards like they tried to do.” 1:00:45 LAST WEEK — CITY COUNCIL APPROVED THIS APPEAL THAT WAS SENT IN BY RENE HORVATH OF THE WEST SIDE COALITION OF NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATIONS. SHE )S BEEN PUSHING BACK AGAINST THE DEVELOPERS WHO WANT TO BUILD HOMES IN THE AREA AROUND THE PETROGLYPHS — WHO WANTED TO MAKE THE HOMES TALLER THAN USUAL AND THE LOTS SMALLER. Rene Horvath – West Side Coalition – 1:06:09 “I )m very pleased that our appeal was upheld.” 1:06:13 INITIALLY — THE CITY )S ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNING COMMISSION APPROVED THE DEVELOPERS TO BUILD HOW THEY WANTED TO. BUT NOW — A LAND USE HEARING OFFICER WITH THE E-P-C RULED THAT THE CITY PLANNERS SHOULDN )T HAVE GIVEN THE DEVELOPERS APPROVAL IN THE FIRST PLACE. THE E-P-C ALSO SAYS THERE ARE NO SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES THAT WOULD ALLOW THE DEVELOPERS TO SWAY FROM THE EXISTING GUIDELINES. Brennon Williams – Planning & Zoning – 1:04:46 “There )s always the option for the developer to go back to the drawing board and come up with a different design. They can still build homes in this area.” 1:04:53 WHILE THIS IS A WIN FOR HORVATH — SHE BELIEVES THE CITY NEEDS TO BE MORE PROACTIVE IN CASES LIKE THIS. Rene Horvath – West Side Coalition – 1:09:45 “I don )t think it should be up to the neighbors to constantly have to appeal all these cases.” 1:09:50 THE CITY SAYS APPEALS THAT GET UPHELD LIKE THIS ARE VERY RARE. THIS YEAR THE CITY HAS ONLY HAD FOUR APPEALS SENT IN AND THIS SPECIFIC CASE IS THE ONLY ONE THAT WENT ALL THE WAY. THEY SAY THEY RELY ON NEIGHBORS TO GET CASES LIKE THIS ON THEIR RADAR. Brennon Williams – Planning & Zoning – 1:02:52 “The process is set up so that neighbors are involved. It )s a public hearing when these things come before the decision making body. Inherent to that is the public )s participation.” 1:03:04 SO FAR THE CITY HAS NOT RECEIVED ANY REVISED PLANS FROM THE DEVELOPERS. WE TRIED TO GIVE THEM A CALL TO SEE IF THEY STILL PLAN ON BUILDING HERE — THEY DID NOT CALL US BACK. DEAN — BACK TO YOU. OKAY JEANNIE. THE WEST SIDE COALITION SAYS THEY )RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE AREA TO MAKE SURE ANYONE WHO WANTS TO BUILD THERE — FOLLOWS THE RULES. LOS ALAMOS LAB IS

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