NANDC recently carefully reviewed the South and Southeast Community Plans over the course of three months, five committee and two board meetings and submitted a letter of comments and concerns to City Planning with our findings.
The overall finding is that there are many positive concepts embraced in the draft South and Southeast Community Plans, but there are missing details and unsupported conclusions that impact its accuracy. The use of maps and change matrices is challenging to navigate and understand.
We expressed concerns about a balance between upzoning and downzoning, upzoning without necessary infrastructure, the impact of Transit Oriented Districts on traffic, the need to make neighborhood conservation and historic preservation as primary goals and more.
We noted that the plans assume demolition of historic buildings, which has not been true of previous plans. We have asked to have that language removed.
Further, due to the complexity of the materials to be reviewed, we suggested extending the comment period beyond February 1, 2017