Why do you want to protect the “Rural Area”

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Development east of the Econ river in the Rural Service Area (RSA) has brought fight after fight with the mantra, “Protect the Rural Area”.  But what does that mean?

After thinking about this for a while, it comes down to two questions.

1. How should the rural area be developed?

There are two extremes.

The developers would like to develop the rural area as urban with maximum density.  The residents in the rural area want to hold development as rural with 1 house per 10 acres.

The problem is there is no middle ground and anyone in the thick of this is forced to pick a side.  But this is more to this than just protecting the rural area because there are those who live inside the urban service area that are directly affected.

2. Why do YOU want to protect the rural area?

This second question is important because if you are passionate about protecting the rural area then ask yourself why?  And then put the list you come up with in priority order.

Here’s my list in order:

  1. Prevent Urban Sprawl – lower density worsens sprawl
  2. Protect the Environment – any development contributes to pollution
  3. Traffic – closely tied to urban sprawl – more development – more traffic
  4. Protect our way of life – not just those in the rural area but all of East Orange County

How would you rank this list?

#4 is the wrench in the works because at this time I see protecting way of life only applying to those who live inside the rural area and not everyone in East Orange County.

Whether anyone likes it or not, because of the lawsuit that is in progress and the push to keep traffic off the rural roads, the people most affected are those who live between UCF and the Econ river.  Traffic keeps building with no plan to address it and a fully funded traffic study that was supposed to provide a plan of action to Orange County was put on hold indefinitely because of the lawsuit.

Personally, fighting the fight against urban sprawl is near and dear to my heart but so is the way of life of everyone in East Orange County.

How do we keep the rural area rural, while at the same time solve our traffic issues?


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