Garner leaders face an uphill battle trying to encourage developers outside the town’s planning district to voluntarily annex their property into the town limits.
Uphill battle or not, the town is right in trying to work with developers to make that happen.
Seeing the benefits of annexation for people who develop such property requires a long-term vision. Speaking generally, a developer’s long-term vision only extends out as far as the timeline for completing a project.
To some degree, that’s understandable. They are in business to make money and no one really begrudges them that opportunity.
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But looking even longer-term – say 20 years, 30 years down the road – there will be great value to the homeowners who buy property from a developer if they have access to town resources from water and sewer service to police and fire protection.
Today’s Garner leaders want to make sure the Garner of 2040 and beyond is just as nice a place to be as it can be. The only way to get there is to continue to preach the value of becoming part of the community rather than remaining an outlier.