Dear Editor and Fairview Community,
It’s not hard to notice that Fairview is growing! The hum of construction equipment along our streets is hard to miss. There are all too common comments that usually follow any discussion on the recent rush of development in our city. They are, “This is the first I’ve heard about this” or “Well, the Board is gonna do what the Board is gonna do.” The recent approval of the City Center Master Development Plan has reignited citizens’ concerns with the city’s plan to expand.
Growth is good. It helps to strengthen our local economy and can improve our quality of life with more options for dining and shopping. It also helps our city improve much needed infrastructure like roads, sewer and storm water systems. Growing too fast or without careful consideration, however, can forever change our beloved community into just another congested, crowded community we won’t recognize.
There are those that feel the growth we are experiencing is positive. One of the most common goods consistently cited is the potential increase in property values. If you plan to sell your home and move, this is an opportunity to cash in. Additionally, if you want to take on more debt. Your increased property valuation will help you qualify for a larger home equity loan or line of credit.
However, if you are planning to stay in your home, the increase in property value will mean more taxes. Recently, the steady increase in property valuation has already raised your city and county property taxes. Additionally, with the recent increase in your property value, you may want to ensure the homeowner’s insurance policy you have still covers your home. This may mean an increase in insurance premiums.
There are others in our community with very real concerns related to the aggressive growth happening in Fairview. These concerns include:
● the potential flooding from increased stormwater run-off in places already suffering from damage after each big rainfall
● increased traffic congestion along Fairview Blvd, Cox Pike Northwest Highway and other streets
● the destruction of the rural, tree-lined place we all love.
Storm water run-off is of such a concern to the city that the Fairview City Manager earmarked nearly 2.5 million dollars in federal stimulus funds to work on storm water management in May of this year.
Additionally, there are potentially terrible effects to Bowie Nature Park. Much of the approved development in the last several months is on properties along the perimeter of the park. Today, flooding and erosion are ongoing problems that threaten the park and wildlife that calls it home.
The Loblolly Pine Alliance is committed to empowering community efforts to safeguard against reckless development and advocate for responsible growth. Please come by our booth and celebrate Fairview Nature Fest with us. We will have some common sense tips on how you can get involved and stay informed concerning Fairview’s on-going and potential developments.
If, as the noted theologian John Stott said, “Apathy is the acceptance of the unacceptable.” Let’s not resign ourselves to saying... “Well, the Board is gonna do what the Board is gonna do.”
Let’s find a way to grow our beloved community in a responsible way that benefits us all. Hope to see you at Nature Fest!
Elmer Mobley, president
Tim Rocco, vice-president
Loblolly Pine Alliance