Why are Sunnyland neighbors unhappy with the outcome of the City Council decision about the DOT property? Single-family in name, the language has opened it to multi-family development. "Mixed-use" leaves a loophole open to interpretation, or in other words, "big enough to drive a truck through." The developer can petition the council with changes, like requesting that multi-family forms such as apartment buildings, be allowed.
The Sunnyland plan calling for 28 single-family homes, I believe was co-opted by the planning department. Its plan called for using Tool Kit forms compatible with single-family development. Because attached unit townhouses can be individually owned, they used the term "mixed-usage" in the descriptive language.
Rather than adjusting the language to reflect single-family, I believe they chose to change the definition and made changes to the code. This will have ramifications for other neighborhoods.
Planners met with the developer, but never with the neighborhood. We supported using the Tool Kit because it includes design standards. Will they ask that the design standards be changed?
I believe council members are obfuscating the issue by wrongfully accusing us of being against renters. We want single-family zoning in actuality, and not just in name.