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Editorial: Delay right response to residents’ concerns

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In an era when governments are struggling with rising expenses and dwindling tax bases, it's not easy to do what the Glenville Planning and Zoning Commission did Monday night. It listened to the concerns of its constituents about the potential negative impacts of Amedore Homes' proposed 140-unit housing development, and it hit the “Pause” button. The board had the authority to grant preliminary approval for the project Monday night. But a standing-room-only crowd of vociferous ...

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August 13, 2014
7:19 a.m.

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I am concerned about this new development. Yes, the Planning and Zoning Commission has read studies and reports. But how many times have we seen these projects have devastating effects on properties downslope because of inadequate or failed stormwater management? And maintenance of streets and roads is a real concern. Our town and county highway departments are starved for resources now. Each lane mile of new street will cost about $500 per year for summer maintenance, $5,000 for winter maintenance, and $50,000 to $100,000 to repave when the time comes. I read a study a few years ago (no luck finding it again) that stated that residential development demands roughly $1.06 in services for every $1 it generates in tax revenue. Commercial development demands about 98 cents per $1. Rural undeveloped property demands about 74 cents in services per $1. And my daughter commented "Why do they want to build more houses when there are "for sale" signs up everywhere?"

August 14, 2014
5:32 p.m.

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Plus the new homes will get sewers when Indian Hills does not have sewers.