Scattered homes are ok in rural areas...housing developments are not. Additional homes should be limited to minimum lot sizes of 1 acre with more acrage preferred to keep things looking rural. Do not put streetlighting in rural areas. We should save money by taking out at least half of the existing streetlights. We do not need them. We have too much unwanted lighting in the country now and it is disruptive to circadian rhythms of plants, animals and humans.
We need to maintain the rural quality of these areas of the county but not expanding housing developments and extending suburban sprawl. It would be nice to extend our greenway system along streams and flood plains in these areas.
It is high time we look to raze and rebuild where unoccupied and uninhabitable structures are now standing (and there are quite a few properties w/ such structures). If oil prices continue to rise everything that depends on gasoline (transportation of food, clothes, etc) will also increase in price so it is vital that we leave undeveloped land as it is or till it for food for our community.
We MUST not build outward from the City into rural areas. This is one of the biggest mistakes made in America and is costing us dearly. Farmland needs to remain as such for environmental balance and to provide food. I agree that is is time to raze areas within the City that are in disrepair and re-develop those areas. This will be more cost effective in the long run considering the cost of City services and fuel.
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