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Re: “Developer Buehler Wins the Rental-Home Battle, though a Scratchy Brooks Says She’ll Soldier On

In response to " Urbanut"
From: David Upton
Development Consultant to the Buehler 125 Homes Project

Urbanut, if you are sincere about wanting home to fit in older areas , you will be glad
know the following information.

The goal of the amendment is good but there is a better way to do it. We are going to do it. Actually you may be glad to know that Buehler's new designs for this project have been roundly praised by the Landmarks commission staff.

He went through a lengthy process of design review with the County's planning staff.

The Landmarks Commission is our Historical Commission and they have a reputation for being tough.

Their Staff Director Nancy Jane Baker went on site visits with Buehler in all of the various neighborhoods where Buehler will build. Recommendations were made and acccepted to alter facades in areas that were eligible for the National Historic Registry.
He is still working on alterations in areas where a distinctive style is prevelant.

Buehler has agreed voluntarially to 3 additional inspections during construction by the landmarks staff bringing the total to 16.

The inspections wiill insure that these homes are built to the agreed upon setback , roof pitch and elevation of the homes.

Buehler is doing what new proposed Unified Development Code contemplates but may not require for several years while neighborhood standards are developed.

The Idea of having CDC'S do this is a really bad idea . Not because they are bad , but because they are not the entity equippedto make these decisions.

Anyone can start a non profit or for profit corporation and call themselves a CDC.
They can draw a circle on the map and say this is our area.
They are not an arm of the government. The few that are actually doing something have rental properties and are competitors of Buehler in those neighborhoods.

It would be improper to allow these business entities to veto their competiotors designs because they may have a business interest in seeing him fail.

Many have no staff or assets or budgets, or development experience or expertise.

The Landmarks staff is the government entity that is trained and has the expertise to do this. They are very competant and are not in business like a CDC.

I have heard of a culture of payoffs in other cities where apparently had a corrupt systems that informally required developers to make contributions to "community betterment associations" They told me New Orleans was like that. Their inner cities became little fiefdoms for petty politicos. We do not need that here.

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Posted by DAVUPTON on 10/22/2009 at 6:57 PM


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