Approve Springhills project

Published: Sunday, April 1, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, April 1, 2007 at 1:33 a.m.

Springhills is precisely the type of well-planned development we need to keep a growing Alachua County a beautiful, viable place in which to work and live.

I have seen the video virtual tour of the Springhills development and believe that it is overwhelmingly superior to any of the current development in the county. The upscale design would be infinitely preferable to the kind of piecemeal growth that has made the Archer Road area such a nightmare.

As the state government has already pointed out, the roadways of Florida are entirely inadequate for its population, and nowhere is this more evident than in Alachua County. If the minimal increase in retail space requested by the Springhills developers were allowed, the roads in that area could be developed properly from the beginning, and the county's fair share of the cost would be repaid over time with monies generated by the new tax revenue from that development.

Alachua County would benefit from properly designed and constructed roadways at no impact on its current road construction budget, complying with the spirit of the state's prop share laws.

The Springhills area has already been approved for development. The question now is how it will be done. It is absurd that the county would abandon this proposal, leaving the area's development to those who carefully avoid the requirement to shoulder their rightful share of the cost of road building.

The plan currently before the commission is a well-designed, coherent plan that also helps to solve existing traffic problems. It should be approved.

Carol Franklin,


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