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Valid petitions abound at Council
Thursday, October 16, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano
Two of the more notable zoning cases at City Council today have valid petitions pending. That means they will have to win a supermajority — six votes — to get the changes they are seeking. It also means the discussion around their proposals will likely be contentious. For one, the Korean Presbyterian Church rezoning in Crestview now has a valid petition against it. The project by developer David Kahn was proposed as an office building when it was at the Planning Commission. More recently, the developer requested a postponement in order to work on plans that will hopefully be more palatable to the neighborhood. At the Planning Commission, neighbors expressed concerns about traffic and said they would prefer duplexes or multifamily houses on the lot. Additionally, a postponed discussion about the proposed hotel at 7th and Congress also now has a valid petition against it. The hotel, which will notably have no on-site parking, is located next to the Hideout. Members of the Hideout’s theater community have expressed concern that construction could disrupt their activities.
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