So when is the time "right" for a new development project?
To make that determination requires considering these questions:
- Is the land designated for development in the local general plan?
- Does the community need the project?
- Does the community welcome the project?
- Is there infrastructure capacity available to adequately serve the project -- roads, schools, water, wastewater, libraries, landfill, parks, trails, hospitals, and other facilities?
- Are adequate services available -- emergency services, child care, medical services?
- Will the project make life better for people who already live here or at least not make it worse?
So who decides when the time is right? Some would say developers, who do market research, buy ranch land cheap so they can maximize profits, and propose projects based on their research and profit needs.
But the decision really rests with a community -- us -- and the elected officials who represent us. Just because a developer wants to build doesn't mean the time is right. It might be -- but then again, it may make more sense to raise cows, not people, on that inexpensive ranch land for at least a little while longer.
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