What CAN Happen When You Raise your Community Voice

Real Estate Agent with EXP Realty 414-525-0563 57026-90 Broker

       Last night the planning commission of the City of Greenfield held a meeting. Part of the meeting was to discuss the proposed development of "The Grove"....a 92 unit senior apartment complex on 12 Acres that wound thru an area of single family residences.  Traffic, noise, the destruction of woods and homes to wildlife would be the result of this development. In addition...the surrounding homes from three communities and 2 counties would, we believe, see a depreciation in the value of their homes as a result of this development. 

    Neighbors did not see this as the "highest and best use" of this land.  Our subdivision backs up to this area and we of course had concerns though the building itself would not be in the community in which we live, we had to reach into another city...another county to caution neighbors. Reach we did...calls. emails and letters to elected city officials. A first class mailing to hundreds of residents in the communities of New Berlin, Greenfield and Hales Corners.

    Twenty four hours before the planning commission meeting, the Developer requested an extension to present more details of his plan and site planwas not present at the meeting. However...there were 32 people from all three communities who were at the meeting. The Mayor polled those in attendance...not one person favored the development...no one on the Planning commission, including the Mayor, favored the proposed development...and further action was delayed for a minimum of 60 days. The truth be known...anyone has a right to make a proposal...to pay the fees and present a plan within the guidelines that the city provides...presentation does not mean acceptance...voices matter.

   The Mayor reported that he and others had received numerous very polite emails urging rejection of the plan. The Mayor took the time to meet with concerned citizens after the meeting and thanked them for their involvement.  The people in attendance thanked us warmly for helping to raise their voices...there had been numerous phone calls and emails all week from people who expressed their appreciation to us for taking gratitudeaction ....our purple envelope mailing list has grown longer as a result ! 

    No final decisions were made...that is months away. The people's voices were heard...and we believe listened to by the people who will ultimately make the decision to approve or disprove this development. Did it matter ? Oh YES...the fat lady hasn't sung and we believe the actions taken by the residents has and will continue to make a difference.

 handshake The echo of "Thank you for showing us you care and helping us be the voice of the people" was expressed many times...warm handshakes and smiles...sighs of relief for now...nothing could have felt any better.

   Be a part of a solution....Raise your voice constructively....do your homework...and know that the organization and you spend can promotevoice heard greater good of the community.

    You will never know the difference you can make if you don't try...in a community...an organization...in the lives of many people..you DO matter...your voice can be heard...Raise it.

    This has been a very public service post brought to you by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, Broker Associates with EXP Realty LLC honored to be of service for all things real estate in southeastern Wisconsin.

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Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Sally. You are a force and I admire your tenacity and work ethic too.

Nov 13, 2019 04:13 AM #1
Sham Reddy CRS
H E R Realty, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH

Thanks for sharing!

Be a part of a solution....Raise your voice constructively....do your homework...and know that. You will never know the difference you can make if you don't try...in a community...an organization...in the lives of many people..you DO matter...your voice can be heard...Raise it.the organization and you spend can promote greater good of the community.


Nov 13, 2019 04:18 AM #2
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, Sally K. & David L. Hanson from the experience I've had with 20+ subdivision approvals, noise from abutters DO matter....however, if the developer is not asking for any waivers and the existing zoning by-laws allow the concept he intends to develop, that developer will have a solid court case if he gets denied......if he's asking for one exception/waiver of an existing requirement, he CAN be denied....

works both ways...

Nov 13, 2019 04:31 AM #3
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Sally. If the developer is within the guidlines hard for him not to get approval. But that said, the community might extract some concessions in the spirit of cooperation. More to come? 

Nov 13, 2019 04:45 AM #4
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

There are both zoning...not currently zoned for multi family AND wetland/DNR issues...so the voices have more weight than if these conditions were not present.

Nov 13, 2019 05:15 AM #5
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Sally and David - members of the community can make a difference when their voices are heard.  Not each and every time but the possibility definitely exists.  

Nov 13, 2019 05:21 AM #6
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Home and Condo Specialists

There you go again Hanson's...Making a difference for your community...Kudos to you!

Nov 13, 2019 05:42 AM #7
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Sally K. & David L. Hanson - you voice does matter when you make it know.  Congratulations!

Nov 13, 2019 06:06 AM #8
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

As you know, this situation really interests me. I have seen far too many developments get approved at the cost of wetlands, greenspaces, etc. I'm really thrilled to hear that your grass roots campaign of awareness worked. That is excellent. I realize you won't know the outcome for months. but I'm pulling for you. 

Nov 13, 2019 06:34 AM #9
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much for sharing this experience. I suspect that you have an upset developer.

Nov 13, 2019 06:35 AM #10
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Sally and David you can ask and not get, BUT you certainly will not get if you don't ask!!!

Nov 13, 2019 08:52 AM #11
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I hope they will not be allowed to proceed with their plans, it is very apparent that it is not wanted.

Nov 13, 2019 10:46 AM #12
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Sally- even though the final outcome won't come for months, you showed that everyone has to speak up!  It's better to speak up and not regret doing so later on. 

Nov 13, 2019 07:50 PM #13
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Sally.

Just goes to show you what a difference a community makes, when all of them are on the same page.  Make it a great day

Nov 14, 2019 01:41 AM #14
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