Let’s say it again for those in the back, the remonstrators who oppose BZA Docket #2018-12-DSV are for Little League, but against the tied-in Pulte development. The mayor and planning commissioner / ZLOC President Michael Rinebold would like to rewrite this narrative and misrepresent our concerns.
The home page of www.zvilleprojectconcerns.com clearly states, “What we are opposing is the intrinsic tie-in by a large private developer, Pulte, of the neighborhood called The Fields to the Little League project. We do not oppose Little League. We oppose this proposed development which requires multiple extreme variances and has been handled with the immediate neighbors and the public in a less than transparent and professionally courteous way.”
The mayor wants you believe it is a “very small group” of voices in opposition. Yet the petition linked to the website raised over 600 supporters in less than five days. The quotations below are from their direct posted comments. Many are Little League supporters. However, many do not support the Little League project being brought to this site at any cost, including undercutting the integrity of Zionsville’s Comprehensive Plan, the loss of lifestyle with dramatically increased density and traffic and financial loss to properties in the entire surrounding area.
One person notes “Will ruin Zionsville aesthetic ... Should not allow a national builder to by-pass ordinances and codes by 'donating' land to the cause.” Another writes “Roads in that area are already insanely dangerous. Turning it into high density housing would be reckless and short sighted. Please stop changing zoning for wrong reasons.”
Others expressed concern with the process, lacking full disclosure to the public and contradicting previous press reports. One gentleman questions, “Original proposal made it seem like facilities would be dedicated to baseball and for the community — not just a few fields that would be secured along with an attached housing development. Housing development was never part of the approved plan or originally communicated to community when asking for support.”
A citizen says “This whole project is feeling like a case of misleading the public … A project much like this was denied, so builders relied on the good will of a child-focused community to support a misleading project for the Little League, then conveniently the project was changed to give the builders exactly what they wanted in the first place. No.”
Does the town think that this is the only way to bring the LLI headquarters to Zionsville? It is not. If there is to be a housing portion why would it not be respectful of the codes? If the town so strongly supports this why not find another way to secure the land?
We have been trying to help find solutions. In a separate post on Next Door, two citizens raise these final points. “The Little League portion and the neighborhood should be entirely separate and stand on their own individual merits. It was never a package deal.” And finally, “Why doesn’t it (Zionsville) just buy some land (that parcel or another) using a bond if necessary? If Zionsville voted that it was a good idea for us to invest in LL HQ a few months ago then it still stands today.”
Mr. Mayor and Town Council, thank you for listening to the voices of your constituents.
Karen Barnes, on behalf of Voices of www.zvilleprojectconcerns.com