- - -I would like to begin with a quote from John Adams:
"Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence."
I would like to present some facts and end with a quote.
- The property the applicant wishes to expand into is currently residential and would require a zoning change for them to proceed.
- 100% of the adjoining neighbors are opposed to the rezone and have protested in writing. Almost 150 residents of the neighborhood are also opposed.
- Those predominately in favor attend the church but do not live nearby.
- The Planning & Zoning Commission has ruled against the rezone.
- The church has threatened legal action against the town if not approved.
- The Concordia/Buena Vista Group resolve remains constant
- A rezone from residential to commercial would set precedent and open a Pandora's box of disturbing possibilities in our town
This is absolutely the wrong project for a residential neighborhood. And everyone knows it, including the applicant.
There are however, promising alternatives. The church, working together with the town and/or third parties can achieve success by finding a different, far more appropriate location. It is a win for the town, the church, the neighborhood and all of Oro Valley.
And finally, Abraham Lincoln was credited with saying:
"If I'd had more time, the Gettysburg Address would have been shorter."
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