Prattville Government's Transparency Policy Not so Clear
Together we can save Prattville and our Quality of Life
Please attend the Council Meeting
September 3rd, 2019
"Growth in itself doesn't ensure that you have a great community. Being the largest doesn't make your citizen's quality of life better, doesn't make their education better and doesn't make their commute time better." Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle
At this meeting the City Council will decide whether to zone 13.68 acres of land as R-5. Why does this matter to you? Most of the homes closest to this property are zoned R-2 with a minimum lot size of 10,500 square feet. R-3 zoning requires a minimum lot size of 7,500 square feet and R-5 has a minimum lot size of 4,000 square feet. An R-5 zoning could decrease the value of your homes.
There are two parcels of land in this property, the other one has been zoned PUD and consists of 22.7 acres. PUD allows for green spaces, however, it will allow a higher density than R-3 When the zoning for the 22.7 acres was proposed, Joel Duke was the director of planning and development for the city of Prattville. In his July 2016 Staff Report he stated “Recognizing the subdivision’s setting, a need to mitigate potential impact on the local transportation system and a desire to allow development of the property, the zoning classification should remain R-3. The proposed rezoning to R-5 is a change in the development pattern of the neighborhood. It is likely other adjacent undeveloped properties would seek the same density if it is approved for the subject development. The current R-3 classification is consistent with adjacent development in Kingston Oaks while allowing for a higher density single-family development.”
If the 13.68 acres are zoned R-5 the developer proposes to build at least 176 houses on the combined properties. Additionally, the land at the corner of Gardner and Martin Luther King Drive may soon be developed. Should the R-5 zoning be approved for the 13.68 acres at Moses Road and Upper Kingston Road, then this other development will probably be zoned R-5 also.
If this proposal does not worry you, then you don’t have to do anything, however, if, as a home owner you are concerned about 1) loss of value of your home, 2)traffic congestion then please attend the above meeting to voice your opinion as to your desired zoning for the 13.68 acres. Based on Mr. Duke’s report I would ask for R-3.
Please see the pdf below that shows the 176 planned patio homes.
Things you can do
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Tell your friends and family
The increase in traffic is a major concern. McQueen Smith Road desperately needs upgrading. The estimated cost is 10 million with no time frame for start or completion. The funds are not available.
Autauga County Schools cannot accommodate more children. Prattville continues to grow but they aren't communicating with the County school system. We must work together to grow in a productive manner.
Water/Sewage treatment can't keep up with the added workload.
Water quality will suffer.
We need more police and fire personnel (first responders).
The key to a healthy community is its level of sustainability. We have to grow everything together to continue the quality of life of our "Preferred" community. Otherwise, we will make the same mistakes as Montgomery.
There is a lack of transparency that causes distrust.
It's been over a year since Save Prattville asked for a new comprehensive plan. We are not aware any action has been taken.
"The actions of men are the best interpreters of their thoughts"
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