By: Diane Benjamin
The City of Bloomington has been trying to pass Form Based Code for years. Normal already has it. Everything looks the same, especially the student housing. Individualism isn’t allowed. Almost every building is retail on the bottom with apartment above, whether there is a need for retail or not. One Uptown Circle is still empty.
The new zoning ordinance Bloomington will try to pass includes this: http://www.cityblm.org/home/showdocument?id=18286
Note “development contemplated“. What about current property owners already there?
Is Bloomington going to take away personal property rights because your property isn’t “unified“?
Does “unified architectural” make you want to shop?
Isn’t that like living in a subdivision where every house looks the same?
Bloomington recently pass a business license ordinance for the good of the collective.
Bloomington wants to inspect every rental property for the good of the collective.
Don’t comply? Bloomington will drag you into their administrative court. (for the good of the collective)
The entire proposed rezoning ordinance is for their benefit. It controls the collective.
See the entire ordinance here: http://www.cityblm.org/government/departments/planning-zoning/proposed-zoning-amendments
Note: It is purposely written so you can’t figure out what it says. Try to locate B-1 General Commercial District on the proposed map. They have so many districts with only slightly different colors it’s impossible to tell: http://www.cityblm.org/home/showdocument?id=20440
Note also this ordinance was not written locally. Houseal Lavigne & Associates was hired to “professionally plan”.
If you own property in Bloomington you need to attend and voice your opinion. Your property rights are about to disappear.