Statement by Debbie Lightsey – November 10, 2020

Final Public Hearing – Welaunee Comp Plan Amendments We are here tonight to watch the Adoption of Amendments that in other times would have been Stamped – DOA – Dead on Arrival. Denial would have been based on obvious and glaring deficiencies. The Planning Department staff, as independent professionals, would have recommended Denial, and should the Amendments have moved forward based on some political maneuvering, the Department of Community Affairs at the State would have Read more…

One Person’s NIMBY is Another’s BIMBY

With success comes criticism, not necessarily justified. In a short time, the ATN has established itself as a reasoned, powerful advocate for neighborhoods and responsible growth in Tallahassee. We’ve spoken out on a number of growth-related issues such as the Welaunee Comp Plan amendments, the proposed Midtown Garage, the proposed Myers Park land sale, and the 4Forty project’s impact to the Virginia Street Live Oak. This civic activism has prompted some to try to discredit Read more…

Why spend so much public money on northeast development?

Your Turn published in Tallahassee Democrat, May 11, 2020 By Pam Hall Going forward, let’s use public infrastructure and development rights to revitalize and support opportunity and choice for housing and employment throughout the city and county for the majority of households, instead of reinforcing the disparities that already exist. Pamela Hall The city of Tallahassee is proposing two Comprehensive Plan amendments to create a new development, the Welaunee “Arch,” bounded by Centerville, Miccosukee, Roberts, Read more…

‘Ugly’ Welaunee amendments being pushed through too quickly

Your Turn published in Tallahassee Democrat, May 21st, 2020 By Debbie Lightsey “Your scarce public funds will be devoted to subsidizing this massive development, while the poor and dwindling middle class and their neighborhoods will be told to wait in line again for any needed improvements.” Debbie Lightsey Get involved! On Tuesday, the City and County commissions plan to amend our Comprehensive Plan to designate 2,700 acres in northeast Tallahassee for development. These two amendments Read more…

Welaunee Amendments

On May 26, the city and county commissions are scheduled to vote on Comprehensive Plan amendments that will lead to a 2800-acre enlargement of the Welaunee development north of I-10. This will be a virtual meeting and no citizen comments will be allowed during the meeting. Keep It Rural, the Alliance of Tallahassee Neighborhoods, the Democratic Environmental Caucus, Tally100, and StandUP TLH oppose these amendments, especially without real public input. WE URGE THE COMMISSIONS to Read more…