Save Our Rural Lands and Community Character
Say “NO” to Planned Unit Developments (PUDs) in the Greenbelt
We urge our supporters and concerned citizens to voice their concern against proposed changes in the Saratoga Springs Comprehensive Plan that would allow expanded development in the City’s greenbelt.
Sustainable Saratoga has been asked to present our case about proposed development in the greenbelt at the comprehensive plan workshop next Tuesday, March 24. Please join us!
UPDATE: On December 2, the City Council voted unanimously on a resolution declaring their opposition to the Comp. Plan Committee’s PUD proposal. But the Comp. Plan isn’t done yet. We need to remain vigilant to ensure that the adopted plan contains strong protections for our undeveloped lands.
On December 9, a meeting was held for public comment on the draft Comprehensive Plan
What’s this “greenbelt” about, you ask? Check out the presentation below to learn why it’s so important. (Download PDF here)
Here are some resources related to the “PUD” proposal that would allow expanded commercial development in the city’s remaining rural areas:
- Commissioner Matthiesen’s resolution that was passed unanimously on Dec. 2, 2014.
- Transcript of public comments and Council discussion from the Dec. 2 City Council meeting.
- Video recording of the Dec. 2 City Council meeting
- Our email here explaining what’s at stake and urging people to speak out at the December 9 public comment hearing on the draft Comprehensive Plan.
- Our email here commending Commissioner Matthiesen’s proposed Council resolution opposing PUDs in the greenbelt, and urging support for it.
- Our Dec. 1 press release in support of Commissioner Matthiesen’s resolution.
- This summary of how PUDs are treated in our existing 2001 Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Ordinance.
- Our position paper on ideas for a sustainable Comp. Plan, based on community input.
- This EPA report detailing some of the problems of PUDs for rural areas (see page 13).
To write to City Council, you can find the Commissioners’ and Deputies’ email addresses here. (We recommend copying the Deputies.)