One of the items they have up on their website now is a list of things that have been accomplished lately in this seemingly never-ending struggle. It is quite an impressive roster, and I thought it would be a good idea today to post it here as well. Credit where credit is due, and since August is kind of a lull in all of that excitement, maybe we can take a moment to look back and appreciate all that this remarkable organization has helped get done.
Certainly this hasn't been all of their doing, and obviously nobody there would ever insist that they should get all of the credit. But ask yourself this, where would we be with any of this had Preserve Sierra Madre not stepped up and played the important role that it so often has?
Here is that list.
1. The passage of the Building and Water Meter Moratoriums.
2. The passing of the Demolition Moratorium and Demolition Ordinance that makes it more difficult to tear down historically significant homes built before 1940.
3. Saving 126 E. Mira Monte from demolition - the 1926 Craftsman home also known as the Henry A. Darling House.
4. The denial by the City Council of the first home proposed for One Carter/Stonegate.
5. Turning away New Urban West, the developer chosen by Mater Dolorosa for possibly one of the biggest housing projects over on the Monastery Grounds.
6. The City Council's approval of almost all of the Planning Commission's recommendations to improve the R-1 Zoning standards including lowering the floor area limits (how big a home you can build on a given size lot), lowering the thresholds for when a CUP (conditional use permit) is triggered and making a CUP mandatory for all 2nd story new homes and additions insuring that the Planning Commission and the immediate neighbors can give their input on a development project.
7. The improvements made to the General Plan and now its final passage.
Quite a list of important achievements.
Congratulations, and thanks.