Fair play

The Covington News - - Opinion -

The adage has it that you do some­thing your­self when you want it done cor­rectly.

Res­i­dents of Fairview Es­tates have taken that folk wis­dom to heart and are try­ing to take firm con­trol of devel­op­ment in their com­mu­nity.

Fairview has had more than its share of chal­lenges, in­clud­ing fore­clo­sures and fall­ing prop­erty val­ues.

It was left in­com­plete af­ter its de­vel­oper de­clared bank­ruptcy in 2008 and has been in the news since then as Newton County sought to sta­bi­lize the devel­op­ment by cre­at­ing a neigh­bor­hood park, and by bring­ing in IECDG, a non­profit com­mu­nity devel­op­ment group.

But last week, about 40 Fairview res­i­dents told Newton County that they want to run the neigh­bor­hood and that they want no part of IECDG’s long-term re­vi­tal­iza­tion plan that was pre­sented ear­lier in Jan­uary. That’s as it should be. There’s no need to in­volve a bu­reau­cracy, no mat­ter how well in­ten­tioned, when the folks who live there want to man­age their own af­fairs. These folks know what they want, and they should be able to con­trol their own des­tinies.

Fairview res­i­dents will meet in March to start up a home­own­ers as­so­ci­a­tion and elect a board to over­see neigh­bor­hood devel­op­ment, some­thing that was left un­done af­ter the de­vel­oper’s bank­ruptcy.

Times are tough, and there are some hard de­ci­sions ahead for the com­mu­nity, but we have con­fi­dence that the peo­ple with the most at stake, the home­own­ers, will make the right de­ci­sions on their own.

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