Have we learned?

The Covington News - - OPINION -

There’s some­thing that our elected lead­ers should have learned from the great de­pres­sion of 2008 through the present, which slowed the rapid de­vel­op­ment that was oc­cur­ring in our county to a trickle.

It is sim­ply this: When the econ­omy im­proves and de­vel­op­ment be­gins to re­turn, de­vel­op­ers who want to build homes must be held re­spon­si­ble for putting in all the ma­jor im­prove­ments that are nec­es­sary be­fore they build the first house.

In the past, de­vel­op­ments were built on prom­ises that were not ful­filled. The bur­den of pro­vid­ing the im­prove­ments fell on New­ton County tax­pay­ers, not on those who were buy­ing homes in a par­tic­u­lar de­vel­op­ment.

In the Western United States, de­vel­op­ments are not even started un­til roads, parks and schools, if nec­es­sary, are in place.

We think the Plan­ning Com­mis­sion of Cov­ing­ton gets it, as it voted last week not to al­low any more homes in the Wild­wood sub­di­vi­sion un­til a sec­ond ac­cess road is built by the de­vel­oper.

There are signs that the de­vel­oper is plan­ning to put in a sec­ond road.

But if he does not, we hope the city coun­cil will back the plan­ning com­mis­sion on its firm stand.

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