Subdivisions are rising up from the ashes like popcorn in a microwave.
That’s a good thing, to be sure. The benefits of growth are well-understood and there’s no need to repeat them here, except to say the town of Garner can meet a lot of its goals with quality, sustained growth.
Its also critical that towns like Garner and those around us be willing to show some flexibility with property owners as they try to ressurrect developments that have been dormant.
In some cases those developments may still be under the control of the entity that created it. In other cases, new owners will be trying to wrangle a development from plans that existed before they came into the picture.
When it is the case that new ownership is taking over management of a property, as is the case with the unfinished development off U.S. 401 now under the leadership of Jim Anthony, it is important for town leaders to find ways to work with that new developer to ensure the project can be seen through to fruition.
In the case of this development, a large new road once counted on to become a major artery will not be completed as originally proposed. Though that may be a disappointment for town leaders, it’s not a deal breaker.
But there is a word of caution to be considered here: Town leaders should never sacrifice the quality of development for the sake of getting something built. Each project is unique, which makes it difficult to craft a formal policy on the matter.
The best test for council members to keep in mind in these situations is whether changes to a development plan would so dramatically change the character of the development that it becomes something Garner simply doesn’t want within its town limits under any circumstances.
Working with developers is always of paramount importance, but council members, at the end of the day must always consider the bigger picture. When they do that, often they make the best decisions.