|The apartment complex on appeal last week at Council|
met Policy 3.1, but apparently that didn't matter
to the neighborhood association.
So the Plan isn't legally binding, and when there is new development proposed consistent with the Plan, neighbors still complain.
Why bother? What is its real, effective function?
I just can't wrap my mind around what is the real role for these neighborhood plans. They don't have any real kind of power - they have neither persuasive power to shape opinion, nor legal power to shape development and City regulation.
|Between the cemetery and Madrona by Croisan Scenic|
|Unimproved "country" streets nearby|
That's an interesting claim - but it may misunderstand the nature of a "safe route." I suppose it is possible that there's a pattern of speeding here, but that's not what the letter says. These narrow, constrained roads actually have a "design speed" that is slow, especially if there are ever parked cars along them! These unimproved roads with widths of the upper teens almost certainly have better traffic calming than a much wider "standard" cross-section with sidewalks and curbs. Be careful what you ask for!
|At Croisan Creek Road, Madrona Ave S lacks sidewalks|
So, again, if this is in or near your neighborhood, you might pay closer attention to it and find something for which to advocate.
Finally, there's a comprehensive set of changes to the Salem Revised Code that is too vast to consider. I guess you just have to trust the City that there's no substantive changes to it.