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.

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Rountree is in Vogue (Magazine)

Vogue published an article this month titled “Why You Should Plan a Road Trip Through the Ozark Mountains.” It’s cool enough that Springfield and Northwest Arkansas were highlighted by a national magazine, but it’s downright awesome that our own little corner of the world was specifically called out as a hidden secret. And it’s more than just a passing mention. Here’s the excerpt:

Downtown offers plenty to peruse, with precious antique shops, cocktail bars, and restaurants that dot the historic streets. But just southeast is the Rountree district, which feels almost like a secret. It’s this very neighborhood, with charming Craftsman- and Bungalow-style homes that famed photographer Julie Blackmon has used to set the scene for most of her work; Reese Witherspoon is an admirer among a slew of celebrities.

Start the morning at Pickwick Place—a Spanish-style block of buildings that feels as if you’ve stepped into a movie set. At Tea Bar & Bites, owner Colleen Smith’s house-made rosemary chocolate granola on top of yogurt is a nice respite from this biscuit-and-gravy-loving town. Book an oxygen facial at Lavare Day Spa, then preserve the glow at Good Skin Day. The petite shop packs a punch thanks to owner Courtney Dunlop, the beauty editor extraordinaire who’s moved from New York City to her hometown in the Ozarks to open a skincare shop featuring products like 37 Actives, Liquid Gold by Mary Schook, and Indie Lee. Next, pop into Elle’s Patisserie, housed just a few feet away in a bright purple home with interiors that replicate an exquisite French pastry boutique. The sweets shop is tailor-made for Instagram and sells proper pour-overs alongside colorful macarons and truffles like the Unicorn (of course), filled with dark chocolate lavender ganache. End the afternoon with a cheese plate and a glass of wine on the patio at Cherry Picker X Fare.

Thanks, Vogue. Glad you were able to stop and stay a while! Guess our secret is out.

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RNA Meeting Minutes – May 2017

Board members present: Laurel Bryant, Mike Brothers, John Melton, Peggy Wise, Nancy Dornan, Jeff Bentley, Jeff Barber, Jim Lohmeyer, Sue Ekstam

Others president: Jimmy & Angela Brooks, Jeremy Snow, Anissa Barber,

Call to Order

Review minutes – Jeff Bentley motioned to approve, John Melton seconded. The minutes were approved.

Treasurer’s report – We have taken in $253 during cleanup — $33 in donations, and $220 in memberships. Ten new individuals memberships were taken at tonight’s meeting with the city just prior to the board meeting. Total stands at $2,412.44.

Board liability insurance policy – Laurel has explored the possibility of getting insurance for the RNA board. Ola Brink has been Laurel’s contact. It’s in the $300 range, which is not very much because we don’t have land or a pool, etc. The purpose would be to cover liability for some events. How common is this for neighborhood boards? Not sure, but we have a cleanup each year where someone could get hurt. Can we get a quote with an actual cost amount for the board, and for coverage? Peggy said we could be liable during curbside pickups. Everyone was in support of more research and information. Laurel will bring it forth.

Administrative delay – Jeff Bentley researched the possibility of asking the City Council to delay development in Rountree until the UCD is revised. He spoke to City staff. Delays could be on zoning or lot aggregation. We could ask for delay on any rezoning request. We could add a delay on lot consolidation, which would be a bit more restrictive. Consolidations are typically done administratively and not through a hearing process. But it’s a more powerful tool for us. Potential benefits to developers would be more coherent rules. A request for a stronger delay would really help everyone take a break and go through a proper and fully considered planning process. An admin delay is not taking away any rights the developers have, it’s just prohibiting a change in the meantime. We have waited to revise the UCD for two and a half years or more, eight more months is not unreasonable. What if a development that we like is presented in the meantime? It almost doesn’t matter how much we like any development, we have a responsibility to the neighborhood as a whole to go through with the process we have been requesting all this time. Perhaps we should view any proposed projects as potential opportunities – a chance to be the model project that will fit in with the new framework and the neighborhood consensus on design, scale, etc., once the UCD review process is completed.

Mike Brothers motioned that we ask City Council to place a resolution on its agenda for an administrative delay on zoning requests and lot consolidation within the Rountree UCD area until such time as the current review and update process is complete. Jeff Bentley seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

Bylaws update – Peggy Wise, Sue Ekstam and Jeff Barber had a meeting to work on bylaws. More work to come. Some detailed updates are needed. Stay tuned. Laurel noted that we need to align our bylaws and Facebook approval policies.

Cleanup update – Discussion item. No hard numbers in yet from CPO but it was a success. We had some requests to come into homes. We had over 50 curbside pickup requests. We had some abuses by people who did not really live in the neighborhood – primarily landlords who have lots of properties outside of Rountree. Should we restrict these landlords? Should we have some restrictions on how much stuff we can haul away? What if we have hoarders who want to get rid of stuff? John Melton had one house where he took away two truckloads and still left more.

Traffic calming project – Jeremy Snow presented the idea. This will take place on June 2 and 3. This is part of a statewide grant looking at traffic calming in St. Louis, Kanas City and Springfield. Looking at choke point narrowing and two bump outs, or curb extensions. It’s experimental. It will look nice and be functional. There will be a crosswalk. They are looking for some help to set up the demo elements and tear down, but also need people throughout the process to give some input on what they want to see in the hood via some boards, etc. Could simply be an extension of the new review planning process. Grant provides all the materials to do this. What about doing it when college students are not in town? That’s a valid criticism, but this is when the grant money was available we need to do it before July. There will be a traffic count on May 31 for a week, and it will have count and speed. If it’s successful, then what? Then the neighborhood has info to request more such infrastructure be put in place. It may not be exactly what was done during the experiment but it will inform that design. This process brings together private citizens, traffic planners, engineers, designers, etc. The board is hoping to plan a “pop-up event” for the RNA – two purposes: increase membership and also tell people what’s going on. We are wanting to get this on the website and FB to round people up. The Jeffs are both on the committee.

UCD steering committee – Several board members plus Louise Knauer, Diana Day, Katie Kring, Erin Hudson will be on the steering committee. We are also considering asking an MSU rep to join. Also a business owner from Cherry & Pickwick. Committee will probably meet about once a month over the summer, maybe more frequently as the process nears completion.

John Melton motioned to adjourn. The meeting was adjourned at 9:15 p.m.

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RNA Meeting Minutes – April 2017

Board members present: Laurel Bryant, Nick Harper, Jeff Bentley, Peggy Wise, Sue Ekstam, John Melton, and Jim Lohmeyer. Mike Brothers was present later in the meeting.

Others present: Chuck and Pat Johnson

Call to Order – 7 p.m.

Review of Minutes – Nick Harper moved to approve, Jeff Bentley seconded. The minutes were approved.

Treasurer’s Report – Peggy Wise presented. There is currently $2,059.44 in the RNA account. During the past month we have received $185 in membership dues representing 6 individual memberships (2 of these are renewing and last year comprised one household membership) and 5 household memberships. Expenses of the last month were $24.35 for new checks. Laurel moved to approve the Treasurer’s Report.

Laurel mentioned we could apply for a FedEx account at the local office to receive discounted copy services. Sue Ekstam suggested we do that. Peggy Wise also stated we can get our copies made at UHBC for a minimal fee and providing the copy paper. We currently have almost a case of copy paper on hand.

Bylaws Update – Laurel Bryant brought up the bylaws, which we have discussed updating. Laurel mentioned we need the bylaws to reflect the policies regarding the requirements for membership on the RNA Facebook page. Sue Ekstam has suggested a bylaws committee be formed. Sue Ekstam and Peggy Wise volunteered to be on the committee. (Note since that time, Jeff Barber has also joined the committee).

Facebook – How the membership requests for Facebook had been handled was discussed. Laurel states we will have a tab on the Rountreenews.org website to explain Facebook membership. The membership guidelines will also be posted to the Facebook page.

Neighborhood Cleanup – Peggy Wise gave an update regarding the Neighborhood Cleanup scheduled for May 6, 2017. The post cards to households should be mailed this week. Habitat for Humanity, Missouri Council of the Blind, Community Partnership of the Ozarks will be volunteering and on site. We will also have a gentleman that volunteers with Habitat for Humanity will provide scrap metal hauling. iHeartRadio will be making some public service announcements for us.   We can ask for volunteers that are performing community service and CASP will contact Community Partnership of the Ozarks with scheduling those persons.   Volunteers should be present at UHBC by 7:30 a.m. CPO has asked if we want to ask a donation fee. CPO has stated that most neighborhood associations seek a donation. Discussion of types of items we cannot accept. A resident asked what the boundaries of the neighborhood were pertaining to the clean up event. The boundaries of RNA are the east side of National to the west side of Glenstone and the north side of Catalpa to and including the north side of Cherry. Our service area for the cleanup, however, extends to Sunshine on the South and St. Louis on the north.

Rountree News Website – Laurel discussed the website updates. She and Mike Brothers met with Lincoln Whisler and the website should be back up and running by this weekend. Laurel and Mike will be administrators. Please provide Laurel or Mike with pictures that can be added to the website of neighborhood events, changing seasonal pictures in the neighborhood. Having a newsletter was also briefly discussed. We all agree we would like to have a newsletter but having someone prepare it has been the issue. Laurel pointed out the City now has a quarterly all-city neighborhoods newsletter and are taking content contributions from the neighborhoods.

PAR Officer Update – Issues in the neighborhood are the traffic/visibility issue at the corner of Kentwood and Catalpa, and at Kentwood and Delmar. Laurel Bryant also mentioned the owners of Tie & Timber have been cleaning up the property just west of the train tracks on the northwest corner at Weller and Cherry and have found used needles and the majority of a box of unused needles near the tracks. Officer Schlup stated that theft is currently a major issue all across the city. People arrested for theft and property crimes with no other crime are booked and released currently. Possible causes of the increases in these crimes are drugs and poverty and an increasing homeless population. He reminded us to keep car doors and homes locked and to report any theft. It helps them to keep track of trends in different areas.

We discussed traffic speed tracking regarding Cherry Street, which continues to have a problem with speeding. Jeff Bentley spoke with City personnel and the City will be doing a traffic calming study on Cherry Street, thanks to grant funding. Jeff Bentley has been named to a task force for this grant/study and will follow up with any new information from the City of Springfield. Also discussed speeding motorcycles. This has been a problem on Grand Street. Officer Schlup had contacted a residence in the 1600 block of Grand occupied by students that had issues with blocking the driveway. That issue appears to be resolved.

Brief discussion regarding Neighborhood Watch. Officer Schlup discussed a new program that is an enhanced Neighborhood Watch with Watch Captains and neighbors that walk portions of the neighborhood and report any issues noticed. We can contact Officer Schlup if we would like to do this.

Cherry Street update – Laurel Bryant discussed the RNA survey regarding Cherry Street corridor. No further changes are requested. Laurel will post the survey to the website for neighbors to take.

City Planner Alana Owen has contacted Laurel and says the city wants to begin the process of reviewing the UCD. The city needs to hold a larger “kick off” meeting for the neighborhood in May but would like to meet with us in the next week to plan some details for that. We need to remind our neighbors that even when this process begins, it’s going to take a while and we need to maintain engagement throughout.

Other Business – Laurel mentioned there is a Bissman homes tour in early June. Proceeds will benefit the ongoing maintenance of the Maple Park Cemetery gazebo. It’s $25 to tour the general houses.

Discussion about the Air Services property on Grand. It’s for lease but is grandfathered in as commercial and must be leased to a similar type of business.

Peggy brought up the idea of maintaining memberships on a calendar year rather than based on the school year. It used to be based on what is now Owlapalooza, but now we don’t have that under our purview any more. Sue spoke with Josh at Cherry Picker about a similar kind of celebration at Cherry and Pickwick. Curtis Marshall with Tie & Timber has mentioned a desire to have a street festival once he gets his brewery open.

Should we come up with a policy for people who want to address the RNA meetings? Should there be a difference between issues and sales pitches? Will put it on the agenda for next time.

The meeting was adjourned at 9 p.m.

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RNA Board Meeting Agenda – June 20, 2017

Rountree Neighborhood Association Board Meeting

University Heights Baptist Church

7 p.m., June 20, 2017

Please note: The June meeting is a general meeting for all residents. 

Call to Order

Review of Minutes

Treasurers Report

PAR Officer

Representative from Boomertown Lofts development (800 block of S. National)

Kelly Byrne, developer of proposed Pickwick District

Patty Penny

Insurance quote

Pop-up traffic study recap

Safety & Neighborhood Watch update

Bylaws update

Communications with the City during UCD review process

Other Business

Adjournment

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Why you should “pop up” as a volunteer for traffic calming demo June 16-17

One of the most-cited issues at Rountree neighborhood meetings is the traffic situation at Cherry and Pickwick. It’s absolutely awesome that this lynchpin “commercial node” is becoming more vibrant, hip, and popular. But that also means more people want to visit this space to eat, shop or have a drink. Combine this traffic with the average high speed of cars traveling along Cherry and all the pedestrians in the area and, well, it’s increasingly congested – and dangerous.

This month, the issue will receive some attention – and you can help make it happen as a volunteer. If you’re worried about safety at Cherry & Pickwick, there’s something you can do to help spotlight the problem.

If you were at the city’s kick-off meeting for the UCD review on May 16, you heard mention of a new pilot project to test some “pop-up” traffic calming measures on Cherry. This is actually a partnership between the Ozark Mountain Section of the American Planning Association’s Missouri Chapter; Trailnet; the City of Springfield; and various other local organizations. It’s made possible by a $60,000 grant from the APA, and similar demonstrations are happening in Kansas City and St. Louis.

If you’re not familiar with the term “traffic calming,” it’s just engineering speak for using street design to get vehicles to slow down. This demonstration will temporarily put in place some curb, crosswalk and other elements designed to do just that. Traffic counts and speeds will be taken before and during the demo to measure impact. The project will consist of building out curbs at two “choke points” just to the east and west of the Cherry/Pickwick intersection; bumping out the curbs on both sides of Cherry at Pickwick; a crosswalk; and signage.

Here’s where we come in: it’s going to take a lot of effort to put all that stuff in place. It has to be done quickly and efficiently, and it has to be done right.

“We are very excited to partner with the Rountree Neighborhood Association to show how small changes in street design can make a big impact for the community. However, we cannot make this happen without volunteers. Support from the neighborhood is vital to this community engagement event’s success.” said Jeremy Snow, President of the APA Ozark Mountain Section and project lead.

Volunteers are needed from 5:30 a.m. – 9 a.m. on Friday, June 16 to set up, as well as 5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. on Saturday, June 17th to tear down. Various data collection activities will be conducted throughout the day on both days and will need some additional volunteers.

Not only will you be helping make this happen, but you’ll be pitching in with neighbors and friends. The project planners are also inviting local media to cover this story, so it will be a great way to show how involved and connected our hood is to the rest of the community.

Anyone interested in volunteering is asked to contact Jeremy Snow at jsnow@environmentalworks.com.

UPDATE: Here’s some local news coverage of the project.

KSPR: Creative study hopes to improve the safety of one intersection in Springfield

News-Leader: “Something has to be done” … Pop-up traffic calming on Cherry Street

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RNA Board Meeting Agenda – May 16, 2017

The of City of Springfield will host a kick-off meeting for the neighborhood plan review on Tuesday. This is normally the board meeting date, so we are going to adjust and hold the board meeting immediately following the conclusion of the city meeting, at Cherry Picker. As always, neighbors are welcome to join discussion.

Rountree Neighborhood Association Board Meeting Agenda

Immediately following the conclusion of 6 p.m. city meeting

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Cherry Picker, 601 S. Pickwick Ave.

Call to Order

Review of Minutes

Treasurer’s Report

Discuss purchase of board insurance policy

Discuss request of administrative delay on rezoning requests in the Cherry Street corridor, pending the conclusion of UCD review process

Other Business

Adjournment

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Cleaning up waste – and our neighborhood plan

Hello neighbors! The RNA board would like to extend a huge “thank you” to everyone who came and dropped off trash or yardwaste at Saturday’s big cleanup event. Huge thanks as well to Community Partnership of the Ozarks, Habitat for Humanity, Missouri Council for the Blind and the City for setting it up. We filled about nine of those large, industrial-sized dumpsters – that’s a lot of waste moving out of the neighborhood! And we had about a dozen households sign up as RNA members, which we are also happy to see. The board has been working hard over the past two-plus years with respect to the Cherry corridor and maintaining pressure on the City to review and update the Urban Conservation District.

And guess what? It’s finally happening! You have probably received a postcard from the City in the past few days inviting you to a kick-off meeting for the new neighborhood plan (6 p.m., Tuesday, May 16 at Rountree school). We hope you can make this first meeting of what will be a detailed visioning process led by the City.

City planning staff invited RNA board members to a meeting recently to discuss the upcoming planning process. We learned that the City has hired a planning staffer specifically to update all of Springfield’s neighborhood plans. This is a position that was cut during the Great Recession and not replaced until now. Since Rountree has been pushing for an update for over two years, we’re first in line. The process will take time, and it will be up to all of us to remain engaged. The board committed to the City that we would help with communication as the process unfolds. Stay tuned for more info – and see you on May 16!

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Cherry Street Development Survey

Fellow neighbors, the RNA board is very interested in your feedback on some important potential changes happening on the North side of Cherry Street! A few weeks ago we held a special meeting to discuss this topic in depth. We had a great turnout, with nearly 50 people in the room. If you want to catch up on the discussion that night, the minutes from that meeting are now posted here on the site.

The next step is a survey, linked below. We need to continue to gather your input so that we can truly represent you as change continues to be a possibility along Cherry.

Take the survey now!

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RNA special meeting minutes – March 30, 2017

Topic: Cherry Street corridor discussion

Board members present: Laurel Bryant, Sue Ekstam, Mike Brothers, Jim Lohmeyer, Peggy Wise, Nick Harper, John Melton, Jeff Bentley.

Others present: 42 other people were also in attendance.

Call to order: 6:30 p.m., University Heights Baptist Church

The meeting began with Chair Laurel Bryant and board members giving some background about recent happenings on Cherry Street. She discussed properties along the street from west to east. At Cherry and Kickapoo, one individual owns a 1.1-acre parcel consisting of several homes. Moving east, a developer has recent purchased two homes on one 0.47-acre lot. The adjacent 3-4 houses just to the east are individually owned at this time. East of that are two properties owned by Kelly Byrne, where a new development of inward-facing townhouses was proposed. That plan was withdrawn after the Land Clearance for Redevelopment Authority (LCRA) voted to decline a blight designation after opposition from several Rountree residents. The next triplex to the east is held by a private owner. The next three and the “Spanish Mission” building, along with two homes behind the Josh Mitchell gallery, are currently in a due diligence period with Kelly Byrne. He is in the process of purchasing this 1.15 acres consisting of the Spanish Mission and the five homes.

All of this is zoned residential high density (R-HD), which allows up to 40 units per acre. It has been zoned that way since the 1930s and the city doesn’t really want to “dial down” that zoning, said Jeff Bentley, however there are other documents and plans that do mitigate the high density zoning somewhat, including the Urban Conservation District (UCD) and the neighborhood plan. The RNA requested a review of the UCD two years ago in March 2015. The city agreed, but with staffing capacity they were not able to do it at the time, or since. In part because of this inaction, in the fall of 2016, the RNA requested a moratorium on lot aggregation and development on Cherry until such time that the UCD could be updated.

We have several issues on the street including traffic speed and congestion at the Cherry/Pickwick intersection, pedestrian safety, and a lack of adequate parking.

Laurel asked the group: What are our general options on the north side of Cherry?

Continue to press for the requested moratorium? Work with the developer on a planned development? (This will require compromise and end up with some things we may not like there.) Show up at every meeting and oppose everything? Even if we do that, there are no guarantees the voting bodies will listen. Requests for blight designations are one way for us to insert ourselves into the process but it’s not always requested for each project.

Discussion then turned to the Pickwick District proposal, which was recently posted about on one of the Rountree Facebook pages. Byrne is the developer. He came to the RNA board with some preliminary drawings for feedback and the board did give him some, which he did incorporate. And he’s also done a survey online for feedback. He has met with City staff and his next steps would be a neighborhood meeting as required by the city, and then he can take it to LCRA for a blight designation, then to the Planning & Zoning Commission and finally to City Council.

Laurie Knowlton owns two businesses at Pickwick and Cherry, has been in the area 20 years. Have faced parking, traffic, intersection is treacherous. Concerned as a resident and a business owner. Right now people have to park far down Pickwick and Cherry (which blocks off sightlines). Feels the intersection needs to be improved with a stoplight or roundabout. As for the proposed development, it’s totally out of scale and the design doesn’t match the neighborhood architecture. Will only make parking and traffic work. Feels intersection needs to be improved before anything else happens.

Colleen Smith, also a business owner, is concerned about congestion, pedestrians, kids, cyclists on the corner. People come flying around the corner off Cherry onto Pickwick. Kids and families cross at that crosswalk. It’s an issue.

Jeff Bentley asked the group: more pedestrian accommodation or more cars and parking? The two might be mutually exclusive.

Speed limits are not enforced along Cherry. We’ve had discussions with our PAR police officer and the City. John Melton suggested a traffic light.

City has done many traffic calming devices in the past at other locations. One example is the “jog” on northbound Campbell just as traffic enters the downtown core. It was suggested that more parking on Cherry would help pedestrians because it effectively narrows the street and slows down traffic.

Past board member Karen Spence recalled a conversation with former Public Works Director Earl Newman about a crosswalk on Cherry. He “refused” to even consider it because he said a crosswalk gives people a false sense of security and might actually endanger pedestrians crossing Cherry.

It was asked if the city had done a multi-family housing study to determine what the real need is for this? Are we over built in center Springfield? City Councilman Craig Hosmer has requested this information from city staff and it should be available in the near future.

Is the parking sufficient for the incoming apartment being built?

Are there restrictions on the types of businesses and the hours they can operate? This will greatly impact and exacerbate the already tight parking situation.

Josh Mitchell, artist and gallery owner at Pickwick and Cherry, spoke in favor of “giving progress a chance.” Has lived and worked next door the old mission building and the two college rental properties for 16 years and it’s been a “nightmare.” It’s got a very high number of police calls and is frankly ugly. Is it blight? “Darn near.” It can also be improved. He pointed out that the lots are very deep and would have much room for parking lots, etc. Change on the north side of Cherry could be a very good thing.

Former RNA board chair Bob Keyes asked – does it make sense to work with the developer in light of the existing R-HD zoning? Laurel said the RNA board does not want to attempt to negotiate until we are sure that’s what the neighborhood wants. It’s very tough to negotiate with individual developers. Jeff Bentley suggested that a more effective approach is to update the UCD and create a known, level playing field for the developers and business owners and residents alike. It gives us leverage with future developers and puts expectations right up front for all concerned before the process begins.

Collaboration will allow us to work with him now and try to get many of the things we want before the UCD revision is possible.

The developer has said he wants to go after empty nesters, young professionals, professors, etc., and not necessarily student housing.

Brookside in KC was cited as a successful neighborhood. Many people say Rountree is like Brookside. We should protect that. It was pointed out that Brookside is all two-story. Jeff said that should be our goal: to get a pedestrian scale and preserves the character and charm of the neighborhood.

One person supported the moratorium idea to push the whole process forward, collectively. This will put pressure on the city from both the neighborhood AND the developers. Would a petition process of some kind help make this happen?

Would senior housing be workable? RNA board members said this has been suggested to the developer but he said it will not work economically.

One business owner said tenants and pedestrians help his photography business. People walk by and they notice his place. He wants to know about the crime rates before and after East Cherry Flats was erected.

It was said that development shouldn’t be totally opposed but we need keep a shared vision of what we really want there. We need to think in terms of concepts (i.e., pedestrian scale) and think long term – 20, 30 years out.

Could we request a moratorium immediately after Byrne puts his project into the pipeline, and then work with him, but try to stop the rest until the UCD revision?

What is the downside of the moratorium? It will alienate developers.

How should we best proceed? Mike Brothers suggested that we try to craft a few conclusions and some options for paths forward and then do an online survey. In the meantime, he urged those in attendance to continue to think about these issues and send feedback to him and Laurel. Email addresses are: mikebrothers@drury.edu and laurelrlbryant@gmail.com.

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