It was a long meeting.. It started with a fire drill, (a real one.) The fire alarm went off as the meeting was starting delaying any decisions and discussions. It definitely wasn’t the only delay of the night.
Approximately 125 – 150 people showed up to discuss in the public forum the fate of Shadow Lawn. First the Council voted on the petition filed by Highlands United to include the change Highlands from a Partisan Government to a Non-Partisan Government on the November Ballot. The Council voted to include this on the November Ballot. (Not like they had a choice, it was going on either way due to shear volume of signatures on the petition.)
Then they went around the gym and people gave their opinions on the Shadow Lawn Trailer park being zoned to a High Rise. A handful of people were *for* the High Rise, and the rest of the speakers were vehemently against. Reasons for against included:
No engineering study to mitigate the worries on the slump block, (Here is the USGS Study that some of the Eastpointe resdients had and referred to)
No financial studies to solidify the proposed rateables receivable would out weigh the potential expenses on infrastructure.
Not aligning with the Highlands Masterplan of density and height restrictions.
Legal precedence on what determines ‘spot zoning’ and concerns over potential further litigation costs that Highlands might incur fighting the current precedence.
One current Shadow Lawn resident courageously came out to try to plead for his home when the consensus was that development on the property is warranted, its just the size of the building that people had issue with.
One Eastpoint resident asked the Council, “Do you really want to risk loosing Eastpoint’s rateable revenue, if something should happen to the slump-block and Eastpoint looses its CO after what Sandy did to downtown?”
The Council then called for an emergency executive session, met in private and decided to table a decision until September 4th.