Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Plans For "Mahan Massacre" Withdrawn

See the exciting update below and thank you to everyone who signed our petition!

Plans For "Mahan Massacre" Withdrawn
WCTV News Tallahassee
October 27, 2008

Following a resounding recommendation against approval by The Florida Department of Community Affairs (DCA) the proposed ‘Mahan Massacre’ development has been withdrawn prior to a final vote scheduled tomorrow before the Leon County Commission.

The decision came in response to community-wide pressure to halt the project, including nearly 1,000 petition signatures from concerned area residents.

“This is a victory for Tallahassee and for everyone who cares about preserving the rural character and way of life in this area,” said Damien Filer, Political Director for Progress Florida.

A September 12th letter from DCA listed urban sprawl, site suitability, transportation impacts and energy-efficient land use patterns as reasons to reject the development.

Despite this defeat, the developer, Rockaway LLP, has said they plan to come back with a revised plan. Filer urged opponents of the “Mahan Massacre” to remain vigilant.


Located at the intersection of Mahan drive and Wadesboro road, the proposed ‘Rockaway’ development has been called "the poster child for urban sprawl," by Tallahassee City Commissioner Debbie Lightsey.

The Tallahassee City Commission voted unanimously to oppose this massive new development located outside the Urban Services Area, and the Planning Department for the city and county said this level of development is out of compliance with our own comprehensive plan. The Leon County Water Resources Committee also recommended denial.

Despite this opposition, and the opposition of a dozen neighboring residents who waited for hours to testify against the development, the Leon County Commission voted 5-1 to move forward with amending Leon County's growth plan to accommodate the wishes of one politically connected and deep-pocketed developer. Commissioner Cliff Thaell was the only one who voted against it. (Commissioner Bob Rackleff was out of town but strongly opposes this development.)

Rockaway proposal withdrawn before commission vote
By Bruce Ritchie
Tallahassee Democrat
The controversial proposed Rockaway development project will be withdrawn before a final Leon County Commission vote tonight, a project representative said Monday.

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