Councilman Glover is proposing a bill, BL2017-938, which would create an exemption from sidewalk requirements for churches. It is on the agenda of the Planning Commission tomorrow, Dec 14th, 2017!
This particular exemption is for a single church in his district and the planning staff has recommended approval but the bill is to create an exemption for ALL CHURCHES.
The ordinance requiring sidewalk construction was passed in April and took effect July 1st 2017.
In my opinion, it’s too early to start exempting anyone before we know more about the impact of the law. It is estimated, that if we continue producing new sidewalks at our current rate, our network will not be completed until 1000 years!!! We have a huge sidewalk deficit in Nashville, we are not in ADA compliance and exempting properties is not going to help create a safe and inviting landscape for our pedestrians.
One exemption will lead to others in the future.
For the HEALTH & SAFETY OF ALL NASHVILLIANS:
PLEASE take 5 minutes and write to the Planning Commission. Let them know that you oppose Bill BL2017-938. Let them know you want every piece of sidewalk put in properly.
It’s agenda item 2017Z-023TX-001 .
You can and should write to the commission members here:
Make sure you put your address and zip code
You may also want to shoot CM Steve Glover and email, too: firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is my email
Dear Councilman Glover,
As a health care provider and volunteer, I am highly interested in the health and safety of all Nashvillians. That is why I was so alarmed and concerned when I read that you were working to exempt churches from having to build sidewalks.
Churches, to me, should be welcoming to all. Including the community nearby. Including people who may walk. Including those who take the bus. Including those in wheelchairs.
Churches also build community. And, the best community would be local. Neighbors should be encouraged to get to a place of worship on foot.
Nashville has 2 things that could be reduced with sidewalks: a very high pedestrian death rate and an alarming rate of obesity. Neither is good for our citizens. We also suffer from some lack of connection. An easy way to work towards fixing this is to wave hello to neighbors as you walk along.
Please, I am asking you to stop putting energy into a bill that will hurt the health, safety and community building that goes with great walkability. Please stop BL2017-938.