A few of us knew about the possibility of this coming out, and I thank God it did.
Tammi over Living in LoCo has the story on the Developers in Lansdowne coming out and saying that they did indeed approve home-based businesses on a case by case basis. Somehow, this little fact had been lost by the current board, so Hobie Mitchell suggested:
“CMC Management should have record of this because it was a board decision and it was not based on a single board member’s approval. If CMC is stating that they do not have a record of this – we should request a full AUDIT of their files.”
Another interesting clip of the general history of this matter:
When daycare providers, their spouses and supporters canvassed the neighborhoods for one week between December 2006 and January 2007 with a petition for in-home day care services in Lansdowne, they got 167 signatures of support.
On the flip side, 10 residents composed a letter opposing home daycare, with point-by-point arguments about how daycare will lower property values and that the business could eventually run amok with “no limits to the number of daycare sites in this community.”
Mitchell has been absent from board meetings since January, and only found out about the issue from a resident after all of this started getting heated. Eric Florence, the HOA president, on the other hand, is adamantly standing by his statements: “If Hobie has proof, it should be in our minutes. If anyone said something that is not there, it is irrelevant.”
This of course misses the point. It’s not just about people “saying something,” but rather about actual approvals of home-based businesses by the board. Mr. Mitchell is not the only person who is aware of the existence of these approvals. Evidences for these approvals were presented to the board by the daycare providers in the May meeting and it was ignored. Thankfully, though, Mr. Mitchell is acknowledging what EVERYONE else knows: home-based businesses in general, and daycare providers in particular were indeed approved well prior to this issue, according to Mr. Florence, apparently dropping out of nowhere in early 2007.