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Re: SG-W:/ farmland protection in Kent County

In a message dated 11/26/02 5:22:37 PM Eastern Standard Time, andrewimutch@yahoo.com writes:

I have yet to see a community where the development ever paid for the demand for more services.

They don't even stay the same; they always rise.  School construction is the back breaker; without that, commercial/industrial development could pay for residential expansion.  So the solution is 5,000 sq ft houses with one bedroom!

Someone (MSU?) a couple years ago did a comparison of taxes for typical development v. saving 15% as open space (same number of units), and the latter was cheaper.  Washtenaw Land Trust did a comparison of future costs with different densities and preservation, and preservation was cheaper.