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Protecting Health, Safety, and Welfare
Preserving our Environment
Understanding Grass Roots Government
Encouraging Citizen Participation and Collaboration
Enhancing and Protecting Neighborhoods
Roseville has varied and excellent housing stock in unique and closely knit neighborhoods. Our city is improving its tools and collaborative skills to support residents on issues that impact their homes and neighborhoods. We need to work to make “neighborhood character” a definition that the Council can support when approving requests for lot divisions or other additions to neighborhoods. Neighbors should have a strong say in their areas because homes are most peoples’ primary investment. Residents need to feel that the City helps support their investment at the same time allowing for “appropriate” changes.
That said, our Zoning Code defines the development of our neighborhoods and our community. Zoning is the fundamental framework of every community; changes should be widely noticed, fully discussed in public, and be supported by consensus in the areas where impacts will be most felt. It was silent on the topic of “neighborhood character” and while supporting the concept of diverse housing stock, failed to institute overlay districts to support lot sizes which are integral to neighborhood character and housing diversity. Lot size if also often a significant factor in residential property values.
In 2010, a new zoning code was adopted. It had several very important changes that have had an impact on developments and redevelopments going forward. The subsequent Councils have made some changes, but there is still work to be done to correct oversights, clarify intent, and most importantly, provide the Council the tools necessary to be able to respond positively to resident wishes and requests.
The ideas of many are always more than the ideas of a few. The consensus of many is almost always better than the ideas of just a few. Working together we can make positive enhancements to our community!
Specifics—if you want more:
The Council has reinstated the Planned Unit Development (PUD) removed from Code in 2010 into our current Zoning Code. This is an important zoning tool that provides the City with the opportunity to make changes within a proposed development to enhance amenities, change site lines, accommodate natural features or topography, or cluster buildings to share parking and/or provide more open space—to share just a few available options. It provides flexibility. This is a tool that has and can be used to enhance the design of both businesses and residential housing. However, as it stands in our code, it is more cumbersome and difficult than just using the standard “boiler plate” models. I would like to see a more robust discussion of this process to see if we cannot make it a more accessible and useful tool to expand our options in Roseville.
I have long advocated for a charrette process in civic planning. This is a process that engages citizens—all that are interested, not just those vetted by an application process—to participate in a series of meetings in which all aspects of planning and options are presented. Residents then engage in “hands on” planning of their own and follow up evaluation of feasibility of the resident designs. This process was chosen for the redevelopment of the Dale Street Fire Station. Residents were very clear about their priorities and desired outcomes, but understood there would be compromise. I was delighted to find that an invited developer listened and returned with an excellent proposal that rather closely aligned with the residents wishes. The Council voted to make some funds available for redevelopment purposes (and for nothing else) to be used to assist in making this final project financially feasible. Thus, the Council used some funds to assist a development that matched resident wishes in a successful compromise between very high density and lesser density more suited to the site and desired and supported by residents. The entire process was one that made me very proud of our City and our residents. The project is now complete and all units sold!
Calming Residential Traffic
Supporting Local Business
Programming for Seniors
Ensuring Stable Affordable Housing
Demanding Fiscal Responsibility
Planning for Sustainable Amenities