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  •  As I Have Mentioned Many Times I Live In Rural (2+ / 0-)
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    bronte17, Losty

    IL. About 20 yards from where I currently sit there is a huge farm field. It was rezoned to have 127 houses built on it. All approved and finalized. Would I rather it stay a farm field. Sure. But my next door neighbor owns the land and if she wants to build houses, well more power to her. It is her land.

    They are now telling her that she would have to pay to upgrade the road that the construction workers would use. I can't wrap my mind around that.

    I don't know exactly, but it would be hundreds and hundreds of jobs. Middle to upper middle class homes that would bring in an additional tax base.

    For my small town it seems like a win/win. But alas they can't get it done.

    I know this isn't directly related to what you wrote, but at the core it is the same thing. We just can't seem to get anything done in this country anymore.

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    by webranding on Wed Nov 24, 2010 at 04:33:20 PM PST

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    •  That could be financing ... (2+ / 0-)
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      bronte17, webranding

      ... the tax base will come in over time, and the cost of upgrading the road is up front.

      And it could be concern over whether the new people moving in will change the local balance of power ~ because they will be voters, as well as property taxpayers.

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      by BruceMcF on Wed Nov 24, 2010 at 04:44:29 PM PST

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    •  With a new subdivision you have infrastructure (2+ / 0-)
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      BruceMcF, Railfan

      issues that have to be weighed against the community support system.

      Can the roads handle all the extra traffic especially two-lanes out in the sticks?

      What about the water and sewer treatment? Sanitary sewer overflows and culverts that are necessary for runoff that builders don't properly install. Fill and displacement in watersheds causes a lot of headaches.

      You have schools and transport issues.

      There is a lot more to it than just surveying and marking off and digging and building houses.

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      by bronte17 on Wed Nov 24, 2010 at 07:29:08 PM PST

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      •  It's not just infrastructure costs, either, (1+ / 0-)
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        How many middle-class people will still be able to afford to live in a former farm field when gasoline hits $4 per gallon? Or $4.40? Or $5? How will they afford driving everywhere to do anything?

        Housing costs aren't the only factor. The true measure is housing plus transportation. And by that standard, Web, you've told me all I need to know that if those homes are ever built, they'll be abandoned or slums by mid-century.

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