Twister

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In the old days, the Fire Marshal would vote against it, and the fire department would not put pumpers down in that rat-hole. If they're insurable at all, the rates will be high. How they can get 5K sf lots in there must be a trick (right-of-way plus steep banks or how much fill? Likely a massive amount, requiring a large-diameter drain pipe that must be maintained and will be a hazard to children and other life-forms, being an extremely long run buried so deeply that maintenance or repair/replacement will be a costly nightmare--for the taxpayer, not the long-gone developer.). Beware of graphics. Let's see a topographic map, a grading plan, and some quantitative figures. Get flood insurance too. Adjacent property values are likely to dip, and the community will loose one last bit of open space. How many cars have been hauled out of that hole? Where will errant vehicles end up post-development? And who will buy them? Note that there is no cul-de-sac for a firetruck turnaround anyway, so they must not expect any fire trucks. Will the intersection be signalized? Will westbound traffic be required to go all the way to Montezuma, make a U-turn (screwing up traffic there) and then come back, for a two-mile trip to get into the proposed street (200 feet from the major intersection, so a signal is out). Will they be asking for a left-turn lane for W/S-bound traffic, or worse, a break in the median? What's the chain of title on this piece? Did somebody wrangle some right-of-way from the state? Tricks, tricks, and more tricks. And more are likely buried in the details--these are just the ones that spring to mind . . .
— July 25, 2015 7:45 p.m.

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