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Subject Line: A Letter From [Name], Resident of District [#]
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Dear Councilmember [Councilmember Name],
As a citizen of Lubbock, I demand that the City Council honors its obligations to the 2040 Land Use Plan for East and North Lubbock regarding neighborhood action plans.
I am calling for maximum Impact Fees in Districts 4, 5, and 6 (More specifically Service Areas A, F, and E) and no Impact Fees in all other areas of the city, which is a set up that follows the recommendations laid out in Plan Lubbock 2040.
The CIAC committee that was placed in charge of drafting an ordinance on Impact Fees for City Council to adopt, is proposing a set up that goes directly against the recommendations of Plan Lubbock 2040.
I am asking that discussions be extended until Lubbock Compact can collect the required signatures to place the Citizen’s Ordinance before City Council for a vote, or that the council request that the proposed ordinance by CIAC is changed to follow the recommendations of Plan Lubbock 2040.
We cannot allow Old Lubbock to remain neglected. The neighborhoods inside Loop 289 should not be funding construction to the South and West of the city. Thank you for your time and consideration.
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Until neighborhoods are able to self-determine the activities happening inside them, we need to preserve what activity currently remains. Because of our antiquated land-use policies, neighborhood schools are the only asset some communities have to attract families and retain the value of their homes.
That our city should adopt best practices in financial impact analysis to ensure an accurate accounting of resources is available to the public and that citizen input is the START of development conversations. This begins with accelerating the Neighborhood Action Planning process to allow for self-determination and honoring the prioritization commitments to North and East Lubbock neighborhoods as stated in the 2040 Plan.
This is a commitment to each other that we will pursue modern land-use strategies to accommodate ALL of the Lubbock 2040 plan’s recommendation for new housing inside Loop 289. This includes the immediate deregulation of restrictions on mixed-use zoning across Lubbock to bring more activity into neighborhoods and allowing for the creation of accessory dwelling units anywhere inside Loop 289, rather than these rules being determined by the Lubbock Apartment Association.
Begin the environmental purification of Old Lubbock, starting with areas that contain low economic-value industry activity so that North and East Lubbock communities can breathe, and the Canyon Lakes economic potential be realized. For the great city we aspire to be, there’s no room in our economy for cement pulverizing and simple batch plant activity in our city limits. We don’t need them, and it’s actively destroying lives and land values across an enormous amount of undeveloped acreage in North and East Lubbock.
New outside Loop 289 sub-divisions must carry their own weight, and prove their development will be budget neutral to the rest of Lubbock based on their long-term costs. This starts with maximum impact fees across the board for New Lubbock sub-divisions and none for Old Lubbock ones. The City would also pass an Act of the Council stating the policy orientation of the city will be fully aligned to prevent new sub-division development in the South and Southwest, every possible avenue for denial utilized.