On the decimation of small towns.

Small towns across the nation are increasingly being scoped by ‘developers’ as places of opportunity. Opportunity for what? According to the developers these untouched lands are places burgeoning with the opportunity for growth, which will bring in more jobs and lift the poor, simple townsfolk from impending poverty.

What really happens when development occurs? Open land becomes cluttered with an expanse of concrete. What grows? Nothing any more, certainly not the plants that used to occupy that space. What jobs are created? The developers were happy doing their jobs. Now they are done, and have left us with cold, empty buildings. The developers are thrilled because their wallets are full of money from plopping these constructions in a place they don’t have to live, and the people who live there are left with….

What?

What do we have now?

A sinking water table.

More runoff into our rivers, which kills the fish we used to eat.

A growing concrete jungle…and not enough ‘compensation’ to inhabit these constructions ourselves.

Species gradually dying off. The latest reports show bee populations sharply declining and frogs reaching the brinks of extinction.

What happens with fewer bees to pollinate the buds of our crops? Less food.

Less open air and space where there can be some respite from the heat of the concrete.

 

Developers: 1 Community: 0


Who’s really winning?

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Why Walmart is Coming to Corvallis, July 12th, 2012

Corvallis Land Use Supervisor Kurt Russell said Thursday that potential developers do not need to disclose the name of the proposed retail development when applying for a building permit in Corvallis.

In response to questions about the recently announced Walmart development at 1840 N.W. Ninth Street, Russell said that the retailer had applied for approval as a grocery store tenant, which was in compliance with the Mixed Use Community Shopping (MUCS) zoning designation of the land.

“As a city we cannot set different standards for different grocery stores,” Russell said.

According to Russell, proposed tenants only need to disclose the use of the development- for example, grocery, office or residential- so that plans can be checked for compliance with building and land use codes. The specific name of the retailer does not have to be mentioned according to Russell.

Russell said that since the city’s land and building codes have been endorsed by the City Council, the Council is not involved in reviewing plans unless they are somehow in violation of city codes. Then, Russell said, the plans would go before the Council and be subject to public review.

The Walmart plans met all the height, setback and other building requirements in addition to according with the land use codes for the area according to Russell.