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To the Editor:

One needs only to watch City Council consider a few development applications to hear a common refrain from residents:

“We bought our home — the biggest investment of our life — because the zoning map said this would be low(er) density.”

“Our schools are overcrowded.”

“Our streets cannot handle more rooftops.”

“Developers are controlling development.”

“We searched years for a bigger lot.”

Meridian’s City Council: Tap on the brakes of runaway growth. Suspend ALL residential zoning step-ups to higher density neighborhoods.

No “Livable City” has students sitting on the floor, roads backed up for miles during rush hour and Meridian’s notion of ample green space (10 percent) that includes the “parkway,” or grass between the street and sidewalks.

Elevate the city’s code. Provide expanses of grass and walkways in neighborhoods where kids can run, adults can breathe, both can find peace and well-being.

Let’s make Meridian’s future neighborhoods the gold standard for Treasure Valley.

We are not opposed to growth or high density, but we are opposed to developers being granted zoning “step ups” when residents are begging for the opposite.

Let’s expedite a new long-range vision for Meridian. Neighborhood groups across Meridian have launched petitions: “Limit Residential Density in Meridian” and “Protect Meridian’s Southern Rim.” We invite every concerned resident to join us.

Tell Meridian City Council to tap the brakes. Update the Comprehensive Plan to reflect the wishes of all Meridian stakeholders.

Sign the petitions via these links:

https://www.change.org/p/planning-meridiancity-org-limit-residential-density-inmeridian-idaho

https://www.change.org/p/protect-meridian-s-southern-rim

Susan M. Karnes

The Meridian Southern Rim Coalition

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