Story missed key viewpoints
We at Grow Garner Responsibly are dismayed by your October 26thheadline and article “Apartments in Garner are a good thing, experts say.” Who said they are a good thing? The article quotes a real estate appraiser and a government affairs director for the NC Builders Association. Particularly disappointing was a Garner Town Councilman’s seeming reliance on outside market forces and investor confidence to determine our demand and supply of apartments. Are current decisions about Garner’s future development being driven by what developers and investors want?
The story was strikingly one-sided. Why were there no comments from Garner residents? Why was there no mention of the current Garner Forward initiative, a process to update the 2006 Comprehensive Growth Plan, which Town officials have encouraged residents to participate in? The updated plan is expected to reflect citizens’ values and vision for future growth and to serve as the framework for making decisions on land development, zoning, and generating private investment. Shouldn’t the updated plan be completed before our decision-makers issue judgements about the type of housing best suited for Garner?
We don’t oppose apartments or any other multifamily housing, but are asking for a measured approach to planning the future of Garner – what fits best where – and assurance that the best aspects of Garner are not compromised in the process. Let’s first see how the Town’s newly approved 1,300 apartments and townhome units are absorbed before deciding that more are needed.
Grow Garner Responsibly will continue to reach out to its neighboring communities to encourage all residents to get involved in the planning process. All voices and concerns should be represented and addressed. We want to protect the current character and livability of Garner.
Editor’s note: The writer submitted this letter on behalf of the Grow Garner Responsibly organization.