Developers have eaten up much of Ada County’s open spaces, plan to eat more and now have a craving to devour Canyon County.
Because Ada County has tougher zoning for “planned communities” than our neighbors to the west, the guys with the big appetites to make big bucks want to build along the Snake River near Homedale and– if you can believe talk radio–near Notus. Crop failure will take on new meaning in the once proud agricultural county.
For many years Idahoans–mostly politicians, but local businessmen as well–were proud that “we are booming.” Politicians could point to increased sales tax collections, lots of new businesses and lots of jobs.
Today one cannot pick up a newspaper or turn on a newscast that doesn’t have a story about growth. Planned growth, proposed growth, Blueprint for Growth, Good Growth, and just plain gorging.
We have people fearing floods, drive by shootings, and meeting after meeting trying to solve growth related issues concerning streets, sewers, water, schools, and air pollution.
So why do people want to come to Idaho?
Businesses always gushed about the honest work force that was highly productive. NOT! They came because wages were low and governments offered them deals–”Job training grants,” for instance. Then the legislature passed anti union “right to work” laws.
Do you think Tamarack PAID for the ski runs on public land? Do you think the 18 square mile federal land trade in the works is REALLY to benefit education?
Do you think the California dairymen come here for expensive hay and restrictive environmental standards aimed at protecting rivers from stinky runoff? Perhaps they come to pay hefty taxes.
Do you think the Arizona and California developers come here to work with wise politicians who charge huge development impact fees and require all sorts of infrastructure before the first dwelling unit is constructed?
Do Californians come here because they want to have a smaller house that costs more than the one they just sold? No, these people whose entire net worth is in an inflated home sale are looking for someplace that is cheap by comparison.
As long as we GIVE AWAY THE FARM , we can expect the quality of life in this fine state will continue to erode.
Residents of Star with a 158% increase in population in the past year are “mad as hell and aren’t gonna take it anymore.” They are circulating a recall petition against the mayor and most of the council.
An interesting exchange of comments at GROWTHOPHOBIA OUTBREAK IN STAR
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