I must have missed the notifications of the public meetings where the city sought citizen input on the goals. If you take a moment to look at a recent city council agenda (hurry, the link may become invalid if the city needs it to go away) you will see that items on the agenda are now attributed to one of the goals. How nice. We will give examples in later posts.
Our number one goal according to our city is to “Create an Environment Conducive to Strong Sustainable Economic Development”.
Growth in other words. Some will argue that the goal is about improving our job base. The mayor has certainly made this his priority. We thank him for that.
Unfortunately this will translate into a continued subsidized land grab with our Public Service Board a primary target.
Our developers need vast new tracts of land in order to continue to make the profits that they want. Forget infill, it is less profitable than new developments.
It is not as though we have an unlimited supply of cheap water. Buying and developing agricultural land from farmers children who inherit land and do not want to work a farm does not seem to be an option the developers want to pursue. Doing so would help us by making water available for residential use.
None of us should begrudge the right of the developers to make a profit. In our case however we are not letting the market decide what to do. Instead the developers have decided to buy city council and control the market more effectively.
We try to keep our posts relatively short. Stay tuned this week as we discuss problems with the other new goals that have been imposed on us.
We deserve better