Subdivision Development and the UproarLast night I got a phone call from someone who lives in our subdivsion. First I have no idea how he got our number, my guess is an internet tax property search for the residents on the streets then looking up phone numbers by the names, but that is just my guess b/c if I were to do that, that is how I would do it.
My first thought is 'oh shit, what have we done' when Robert, says he lives in the neighborhood, but then he goes on to ask if we got the flyer in our paperbox and I didn't know anything about it, so I told him no. He goes onto to explain the dilema.
Apparently, next door to him a county sheriff's deputy, who is also a county commisioner, owns this property and is wanting to put two mobile homes on it and rent them. First off, there are clear restrictions on having mobile homes in our subdivision. Apparently, this dude has done this in many areas of our county. He refuses to answer any questions about what he is going to do w/ the property and will only say 'with a lawyer I can do anything I want'. He has applied for one septic field for the lot, that Robert says would serve both mobile homes.
They are meeting w/ a county commisioner this morning to talk about options and he wanted lots of people to show up to show opposition. On his flyer, he has an extensive 'action' list of things you can do to try and stop this development.
The meeting is right now, so obviously I'm not there. I am selfish, it's a beautiful day and I have much I want to do and that is not one of them, alas.
I have a few thoughts about this. One, I am not opposed to mobile homes in any way. They are made very nicely and affordably. I am all about providing more affordable housing and don't care about rental property being in the area. Robert's fear is that property values will decline and maybe I should care more about material things than that, but I just don't, who knows if that would affect property values. We have someone three houses down who's yard looks like a constant rummage sale w/ junk and cars and the grass has not been cut since I have lived here, so that to me is a huge eyesore and I would think would affect property values more. (I've even suggested to my husband and our neighbor that we should offer to help them clean it up b/c they may feel too overwhelmed to know where to start and if we helped them, they would feel better about their place and take better care of it, but they feel like they would still be slobs and be offended by our offer).
My opposition is that we have a guy who is a cop and a county commisioner with no personal investment in our subdivision other than monetary, that is blantenly going to break the development codes. I mean, seriously, he has some balls doesn't he? It's like he's throwing his power around and doing as he pleases and the fact he is being so secretive and won't communicate w/ our community is very suspect of his intentions, regardless of whether they are good or not. I'll have to do some investigating to find out what position I will take on this matter and then as one who does that letter writing, phone calling bit, I will decide what path to take.