Horton Rezoning Raises Quality Of Life Issues

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Editor:

Regarding the Mogollon Ridge development Horton and associates want between Home Depot and McLane, it is not just a water issue, or a growth vs. no-growth issue. It's a quality of life issue.

In order for the developers to make some quick money by subdividing some land on which they have an option to buy, they're lessening our quality of life by asking us to continue driving on crumbling narrow streets with deep open ditches that can't really handle the runoff.

In addition to the streets problem, they're asking us to welcome the increased traffic that 35 more households would bring to that area of crumbling streets, which will deteriorate the streets even more rapidly.

When the streets have eroded to one car width, the town can make them one-way, which will take care of the problem for a few years.

If Blue Ridge water is such a sure thing, why aren't the developers forming a syndicate to deliver that water to town? That would really bring in big bucks for them.

Then, with more developments, the town can go to more water conservation by building a public bath house where people with names A-L can come for showers on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and those with M-Z on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. We could get clean and get to know our neighbors at the same time we are helping the developers make money.

The town could further contribute to this conservation movement by making garbage disposals and automatic dishwashers illegal because they use so much water. It would only take a change in the building code. Maybe this is already in the next conservation stage.

I'm sorry, but I've grown suspicious of people from the Valley who come to our town asking for concessions like zoning changes that would stretch our limited resources to this extent, so that they can cash in on options to buy a few acres.

I've grown suspicious of individuals who ask for our votes so they can rubber stamp the developers' zoning changes. It isn't just our votes they're asking for. They're asking for sacrifice of part of our quality of life.

As I wait to see how the present council will vote, I will probably wonder about those who vote for the change, "What's in it for them?" I wish I could look into their hearts before I mark my ballot. But after they vote for it, I'll remember for a long time.

Only one candidate for the new council has a voting record specifically tied to the Horton project. In what some of us view as a zoning vote with a questionable quorum, a committee of seven members had only three members voting, and the vote was two to one for the zoning change.

Because 20 percent of those living within 150 feet of the site have signed a petition opposing the project, state statutes specify that it will take a super majority (five votes) to pass the zoning change. Let's see how many on the council will try to weasel out of voting.

Lucille Groenke, Payson

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