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Asked on: 7/26/13, 7:27 am

I want to start a petition to stop a radio controlled car race track from coming to a park that I live close to. A lot of the neighbors are unhappy about the possibility of this track being built in our neighborhood.

I don't know much about petitions so I just need some advice and information before I start one. My first question is how many signatures would I need in order for the petition to be taken seriously? Would I just need signatures from the people/residents that live in this neighborhood or could I also get signatures from other city residents that don't live close by this park? Do the people that sign the petition have to be registered voters? Would I need permission from the city to do this?

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Answered on: 7/26/13, 11:43 am by Robert Luedeman

I think you need to do a few things. First see what the applicable zoning laws are-I think that a park might have to be rezoned maybe. Second of all see whether your neighbors are interested in joining with you. It would probably help if you talked with the property owners who would be immediately affected by the new use for the park. Then you can proceed to marshal your arguments. Speculatives like 'well, it'll lower my property values!' or 'a bad class of people will be hanging around' or 'it's going to be too noisy' will not do in the absence of hard facts you can give the city council.

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