Monday, August 04, 2008

Good move forward

This would appear to be a mixed-bag, particularly since the Athens-Clarke County Commission has wisely stated the need to deter growth along this rural corridor. However, not only does Steven Hill's project make a ton of sense and is one of the better proposed re-developments in these parts, but it would also bring a benefit to a worthy non-profit.

Ultimately, it needs to be approved. It seems to me that if the concerns are preserving the rural feel of the area as well as protecting Sandy Creek, both of those can be achieved by simply not putting in the extended, permanent line.

3 Comments:

Blogger paveplanet said...

Why can't you preserve the rural character of a corridor and provide sanitary sewer at the same time. After all, the corridor is already zoned for fairly low density - it just takes some will among the elected officials to hold to the zoning when the developers come asking for more. But I guess that is too difficult for them, they rather hide behind the excuse that there is no sewer.

8:13 AM  
Blogger Hawk said...

Rural corridor? This is not a rural corridor. It's a suburban corridor with low density run down development.

I'd bet a hundred bucks you can't find 5 people living along that corridor who can tell you 1) which way the prevailing winds blow (and I'm talking about the actual wind, not the political ACC winds), 2) what kind of soil is beneath their feet, and 3) the approximate price of any agricultural commodity. Adult members of any truly rural community would be able to tell you all of those things without hesitation.

Over time, ACCs "greenbelt" will continue to rot and be surrounded by growth from neighboring counties. No one will enjoy the "greenbelt" because, due to the development value being driven to zero, no one wants to invest in and preserve the area and it has become a drug and gang infested waste land.

9:42 AM  
Blogger Jmac said...

Rural corridor? This is not a rural corridor. It's a suburban corridor with low density run down development.

I can concede that. Perhaps I should have said it was rural with regard to the rest of our community, but that's a valid point.

It is low density that needs some redevelopment, which is why Hill's proposal is a good one that can revitalize portions of that area. If you get to provide some extended services to the residents of People of Hope, then even better.

11:59 AM  

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