City Council to consider administrative delay on Monday

The RNA board has formally requested an administrative delay on development and lot consolidations within the boundaries of the Urban Conservation District during the time that the city-led review of the UCD takes place over the coming six months or so.

This will be a resolution on the Monday, June 26 City Council agenda and board members will attend to speak in favor of the delay. Our aim is not to stop development, but to give time for our Neighborhood Plan and UCD guidelines to be revised (city planning estimate is December for this revision).

As you might recall, we requested such a delay back in the fall of 2014, not long after the East Cherry Flats development happened. That was at the same time we requested the UCD review. Now, things are moving quickly. Within the last two weeks we have had four different developments each needing attention and decisions. They are not in favor of a blanket delay (as noted in this News-Leader story). Several of the developers have been working with the board and neighbors in good faith and we do understand their time and financial pressures.

However, the board cannot always speak for everyone. Ultimately, the whole neighborhood has to be engaged. We would rather ask for time for our neighborhood to have input on major changes through the UCD planning process than make decisions rapidly that could affect us long term.

If you wish to join us at this Council meeting, it takes place at 6:30 p.m., Monday in Old City Hall. Or if you would like to email us to help represent your opinions, please email Mike Brothers at mikeandmo@gmail.com or Laurel Bryant laurelrlbryant@gmail.com. Here is the full agenda and the specific resolution for the delay.

The board appreciates your input and there will be more information and involvement opportunities to come.  But this will be a very important meeting.

About Mike Brothers

Mike is a Pickwick Person; husband to Maureen and dad to Vivian and Dorothy. He has lived in the neighborhood since 2011 and has lived in Springfield for over 20 years. He the PR director for Drury University. He was previously a communications specialist with the City of Springfield and the Springfield-Greene County Health Dept, and before that a features writer and music columnist with the News-Leader.
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