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RE: NOW mini-mansions and disgust

The very fortunate thing is that there isn't a great deal of land around
our town for development, some but not alot...also, it has been an
unofficial source of pride that we as a town sort of actively discourage
that kind of development...there is a 40+ acre plot of land at the edge
of town that has been for sale for the past several years, lots of
lookers but as soon as the town makes it clear that there are major
zoning restrictions plus no municipal water and no sewer hook-ups there
that would all have to be done at the expense of the developer and that
there will NEVER be a manufactured housing neighborhood allowed...boom,
there's a bust in interest. It can take up to two or three years for a
house to sell in this town...and when there is so much more land
available north of Iowa City towards Cedar Rapids that is already
connected to municipal services, builders and buyers generally choose to
go elsewhere. I'm not saying it won't change ever, but we try very hard
to keep that from happening...

Melody, IA (Z 5/4)

"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious."    
--Albert Einstein

 --- On Wed 03/24, Donna  < justme@prairieinet.net > wrote:
From: Donna  [mailto: justme@prairieinet.net]
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Date: Wed, 24 Mar 2004 20:54:53 -0600
Subject: RE: [CHAT] NOW mini-mansions and disgust

Don't blink Melody... or you will find yourself in a situation
like<br>mine...<br><br>Built here due to being in nowheresville. Old
small town, that now has<br>the highest growth rate in the county...like
900% or something crazy.<br>URGH!<br><br>Donna<br><br>> <br>> Theresa:
This is why I live in such a tiny town...developers don't<br>want<br>>
anything to do with us...we don't have anything to offer,
especially<br>no<br>> big tracts of land for developement, we don't have
municipal water,<br>> heck, we don't even have a grocery store. The few
houses that do get<br>> built every few years are reasonably sized with
good sized lots that<br>> give enough room for kids/dogs/gardens and are
usually built by people<br>> whose family's have lived in this town for
generations anyway. Thank<br>> goodness for small favors! Can't stand
the constant development in the<br>> nearest towns...college community
that has big aspirations to being a<br>> tourist mecca. ugh!<br>> <br>>
<br>> <br>> Melody, IA (Z
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