Will Town Council Give Payson Residents Peace Of Mind?

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Editor:

The Payson Town Council has before it Ordinance 777 to be voted on at its next meeting on April 15. Passage of this ordinance will repeal Ordinance 695 that was passed in 2006 to limit annual residential building activity to 250 permits.

The purpose was to manage new construction/development within the town’s ability to provide essential services, i.e., water, sewer, streets, parks and recreation facilities, and discourage run away development such as that experienced in Prescott and Flagstaff.

The ordinance provides for an annual carryover of unused permits under the 250 limit. Over 500 permits would be available now.

Due to the current economic conditions, this ordinance may not seem to be needed, however, the water supply to support future development is not as yet operational, our streets are deteriorating as is infrastructure in general. Therefore, citizens should be allowed to have a peace of mind that when the economy does turn around, Payson will not be subject to the vulgarities of over building and the outstripping of the town’s infrastructure. History does have a tendency of repeating itself.

Will the Payson Town Council give its citizens that peace of mind?

Jim Hippel

Citizens Awareness Committee

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