With its endless empty storefronts, condos, and single family homes, Apple Valley’s City Council continues to allow the conversion of open land into residential and commercial development. While plenty argue that this is the time to build and to expand, you have to wonder how eliminating open/green space fits into Mayor Mary Hamann-Roland’s mantra of “go green”.
According to this Star Tribune article, 122 acres of farmland recently mined for gravel, was approved for development as multiple-family residential development by the Planning Commission and is expected to sail through City Council approval next week. With the way things have been progressing in Apple Valley and the surrounding area, you have to seriously wonder why the Planning Commission and City Council would want to approve development in an area that is devoid of of pretty much everything except pavement and housing.
Now everyone will say, “But Bill, you’re crazy. Everyone in the rest of the world wants this sort of thing to occur.” While me being crazy might be true, there are many others out there who agree with my sentiment that green space is important. The Star Tribune, surprisingly, allowed comments on this article and a couple of people have shared that they too are disappointed in this decision:
Please explain why it is a good thing to develop every square inch of land in an area until no open land is left? Please don’t refer to it as “progress”, for that it is certainly not.
posted by bobleon on Aug. 7, 09 at 5:19 AM
Just in case you forgot…I will be opening my check book for this new development unless they don’t plan on having any roads, water, sewer or electricity in the development. muscrat99 is right, why does EVERY square foot of land need to be developed. A couple of years ago, Farmington put a hold on building permits so they could keep some of the world from becoming a parking lot or neighborhood. If you really want to live in the concrete jungle, move to it.
posted by peoplewatchr on Aug. 7, 09 at 7:22 AM
In addition to this, Mayor Mary herself believes that the world should be “green” but as I’ve proven many times before this is nothing more than a way for her to get the commercial development she wants while appeasing the suburbanite masses who have been attracted to Apple Valley so they can live in their overpriced and oversized homes while shopping for Mexican grown organics at Cub and driving them home in SUVs packed with plastic grocery bags. Apple Valley has very little green space that actually has any trees and if you look at that entire development area (near that ridiculous SuperTarget and Liquor Store #3) you will notice that you can see for miles in any direction because there is nothing growing there at all. Why can’t we just reforest the entire 122 acres and create another park using money from her recently expanded liquor store operations and the emerald crown of her “green” initiatives?
I think it’s high time that the Apple Valley City Council takes a stand against more unnecessary development and reconsiders the mandate, set forth in words spoken by the mayor, and does something more to be “green” aside from pretending that a bunch of futuristic and unapproved street lights, two living roofs, and an underground-based HVAC system are enough to meet the bullshit that comes out of that woman’s mouth.
What do you think about the decision by the Apple Valley Planning Commission to approve this measure and do you believe that if the City Council also approves it that it will go against the constant “green” horseshit that comes out of Mayor Mary Hamann-Roland’s mouth? Would you rather see another 122 acres of green space in Apple Valley or do you prefer the sea of residential developments that stretch for many miles as you crest the top of the hill on CR-46 on your way into town? Whatever you feel about this topic, go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear what you have to say.