Letter to the Editor

Tuesday, November 16, 2010 at 11:00pm

Dear Jack and Frank May:

The neighbors are fully behind a downsized [May Town Center] development that fits our existing neighborhood plan, which you are welcome to read online at the Metro Planning Commission website.

This would include no sewers, no road changes, no density greater than one house per 2 acres, no bridge and no commercial development that is not completely consonant with this plan.

We’re looking forward to a downsized plan that consists of an inn, a small gourmet restaurant and 15 elegant homes.

Although I know that neither of you were ever present at any of the lengthy neighborhood meetings where the plan was developed (or at any other neighborhood meeting, for that matter), Mr. Giarratana was there, at least some of the time, and should have filled you boys in.

Posted by "topthinker"



Filed under: City Voices

4 Comments on this post:

By: yogiman on 11/17/10 at 7:17

Not being familiar with the development site, what is the purpose of the minimum 2 acre plots? Looks familiar to a recent law passed in Smith County.

If you didn't have at least a 6 inch water line your building site must be at least 2 acres to be a benefit in case of a fire.

Two questions arose: Was there a restriction on where the new house must be built on the plot. The answer; No. What if two neighbors decided to build a house next to the adjoining fence. How would that help in avoiding a fire danger? No answer.

By: AmyLiorate on 11/17/10 at 9:08

Well stated!

Yogi, there are building terms called "set backs", check into that. Even area outside of city limits should have decent setbacks.

You can't cover every possible aspect can you? But who ever builds first does get an advantage. Such is life.

By: yogiman on 11/17/10 at 11:36

I understand what you are saying, Amy, but there are different laws (rules) in each county and city. And as that old saying goes; 'there ain't no two alike.'

I served on the old County court years ago and this county has changed a lot since then. More modernized? Its highly debatable.

By: AmyLiorate on 1/7/11 at 2:38