One of the most difficult, but rewarding, aspects of municipal planning is creating good plans for so-called infill parcels – tracts of land that are vacant, while everything around it has been developed for one purpose or another.
Typically, such land is either vacant because it was difficult to develop in the first place, or its previous use has gone out of favor (think abandoned building). Municipal planners and private developers who want to make use of that unused land, must find uses that fit with the nature of the surrounding property and could be done on a small enough scale that it is still economically viable.
Neighbors can often be resistant because they can never quite be sure they will get what the developer is promising or they just like the status quo and don’t want any kind of change.
That was the challenge facing the Town of Garner and the developers who own the 18-acre tract in North Garner. The development will be residential in nature, which mirrors the uses around it and it has the additional advantage of helping to revitalize a part of town that has had its ups and downs from an appearance perspective. The prospect of privately-owned homes where the residents will be invested in taking care of their property figures to boost the larger neighborhood and encourage current residents to keep their properties looking as nice as they can.
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The Kelly’s Crossing subdivision will also add to the town’s tax base and provide opportunities for still more families to call Garner home. We call that a win-win-win.