|grabbed from the Internet|
Council decided the primary benefits of neighborhood commercial were: 1) fewer car trips to downtown centers, 2) neighborhood conveniences, and 3) neighborhood gathering places.
Councilmembers Allen, Vache, Margeson and Stilin firmly agreed locating commercial within walking distance of residential concentrations and parks was important.
Preserving neighborhood character was paramount to council. Councilmember John Stilin commented, "I'd rather have a neighborhood begging us to open up to development, than be pushed..."
They all emphatically agreed (including Richard Cole) convenience stores, gas stations, and "loud" signage were completely off the table.
In my opinion, in light of the rapid downtown urbanization, Council should take another look at neighborhood commercial zoning. When the Hartman Pool is demolished the vacant site could be an excellent location for a small cafe or community building, while preserving many of the trees.