February 4, 2015
This message was received from the developer's rep on 1/13/17:
"Dear Community Members,
Today we put up 3 big yellow boards along North Ridgetop Road announcing the January 31st ENN for Arbolitos at Las Estrellas. This ENN will take place at the Main Public Library on Washington Street at 5:30 in the evening. At this meeting we will go over the discussion points required per city code and let you know where we are on issues that neighbors raised at our January 3rd ENN. Attached is the official notice. Many of you should be receiving a hard copy in the mail. "
From: Oralynn Guerrerortiz
Please attend the meeting on the 31st, and protest this development!
This development will cause a decrease in value in the properties immediately adjacent to it, add to traffic on Ridgetop and Tano Road, and destroy the existing trail that connects to trails to the west. The existing homes on the east side of Ridgetop are already fighting major flooding and erosion issues because of water flowing from west to east across Ridgetop, and the additional streets and hard structures will significantly increase the flooding. The developer is requesting a variance for 30º slopes, in spite the prior agreement reached back in 2005 when the plat was filed and the overall plan was approved, that there would be no variances requested.
The area contains extensive archeological artifacts and historic campsites, yet an archeological study of the potential impact has not been completed. One of our Tano Road neighbors indicted the campsites date from 900 AD.
The developer plans to relocate the trail into the gully that cuts across the tract, and has described it a donation of open space, build walls to deal with the 30º slopes, and build what they describe as custom homes averaging $500,000 purchase prices, in addition to two or three CAP homes to meet City affordable housing goals. There are already over 200 home for sale in the area (87506). 23 more will only depress values further.
Please circulate this information to all members so that they can decide if they wish to attend, and hopefully protest, this development. There were only a few attendees at the previous meeting, largely due to the timing and location of the notice sign. We need a huge turnout to have any impact on this project.
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