Golden Valley Citizens Try and Stop Redevelopment

March 22, 2012 at 7:42 am Leave a comment


Citizens of Golden Valley gathered to fight forced redevelopment of their city! From the Golden Valley Patch;

A developer is looking to build five custom homes on a 2.2-acre lot on Triton Drive in Golden Valley. The proposal has dozens of residents bothered, as the developer and engineer work their way through the city’s approval process. Currently, the lot has one home situated on it with lots of green space surrounding the house. A.K.A.R.E. Companies bought the property and plans to tear down the home and build five high-end homes valued between $400,000-$600,000, according to city documents.

Green space in another way of saying that the city isn’t taxing the property. And these high-end homes will then be used as an excuse to raise taxes of the homes around them claiming that “value was added.” Then the city will spend, spend, spend!

Residents turned out to both the planning commission meeting and the city council meeting when public meetings were held about the project. “When subdivisions come up at meetings we usually get quite a few people,” Golden Valley City Manager Tom Burt said. “When the potential exists to divide land residents typically do have concerns.”

The concerns range from destruction of wildlife in the area to ruining the neighborhood atmosphere. Fred Reiter, a Golden Valley resident told the planning commission he is concerned about disrupting the “extremely unique ecosystem” in the woods and is bothered that preliminary plans call for a 49 percent reduction of trees.

How come only the government can cut down trees? Where are the environmentalists?

Ruby Vanhorn, another resident, says she has lived in the area for almost 50 years and worries this kind of development will ruin the quiet community she has lived in for decades. Richard Zuraff talked about existing flooding problems and wanted to know how this development will impact the drainage system.

Whatever the impact is Mr. Zuraff you will get the bill.

A list of concerns from the neighborhood was given to city leaders. Burt says both the planning commission and the city council preliminarily approved the development. The city council did ask the developer to have a neighborhood meeting before coming back to the city council for final approval.

Sounds like the usual process; the un-elected planning commission and the city council saw the plans. approved them, and then lastly told the citizens about it. A decision has probably already been made.

Keep fighting citizens!


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Entry filed under: Community, Environment, Golden Valley.

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