Intelligent Observer, 3/31/2013 - 4:59pm "Form-based codes make everything that isn't in the Form Based Code model legally non-conforming. That means that existing buildings that are not built right to the edge of the sidewalk with parking in the back, 12 feet high first floor with two or more stories of residential above--anything that is not built to this form is legally non-conforming. What does that mean? Usually it means that if those old buildings burn down or are damaged more than 50% they can't be rebuilt. It means that if you own one of those buildings and you want to make changes to it you can't get a permit. It means that if you lose your tenant for more than 6 months, in many cases, you can't reuse the building for the current use.
Do you see why businesses don't want it? Why has it taken you all 10 years to plant some trees along your streets and water them? Why haven't you offered to paint old buildings in the city core? Why don't you have a parade, an art festival, without having to dictate what someone else should be doing on their property? You want a diverse neighborhood? Be diverse then. Make your 'sense of place.' This use of jargon and bullying is just a symptom of your 'go along to get along' bowing to the American Planning Association's order to implement smart growth as a panacea. Unless you indebt yourselves with redevelopment debt for 40 years you're not going to be paying for the infrastructure for this smart growth. Short sighted foolish utopians. Jackbooted fantasists. Fanatics.
See, name calling isn't pleasant. Neither is your comment that those who oppose this plan are 'afraid of change and inflexible.' Wake up."
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