I live in an area that is still relatively rural, or
at least most urban folks think so. I actually would prefer to live in
an area a heck of lot more rural than is available.
The problem for a rural township within a commuting
distance of employment is the clustering proposal will quickly transform
it to anything but rural. The factors that keep urban and suburban people
1) Yuk, you live on a dirt road?
2) Echk, you drink water that comes out of the ground?
3) Ooh, where does this go when I flush?
4) Ach, you go how far to buy cheez doodles?
Creating the cluster home situation takes away all
of these deterrents. It would be one thing if we were building it for the
township's residents to live in at their choice. But instead, you are inviting
every one else to move in and take away from you what you hold dear. If
you build it, they will come, and in short order, they will have the local
votes to take away the rest, and they will. I've spent my entire life moving
from one area or another that has become a place that I wouldn't even want
As far developers paying their way, forget it. They
don't and they won't. Not even close. It is a real struggle to get the
developers to even build and pay for the amenities that they promised to
put into their developments in the first place. Our legislators won't fix
it either. How many years have they had the opportunity to fix the inequity
of MHP developments?
The only solution is to address urban and suburban
flight, and not create yet more new urban and suburban sprawl.