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When someone has the motivation,  the skills and two friends to assist, quite a bit can be accomplished in 30 days. After the first reading of a rezoning request passed to build 45 to 50 townhomes behind Town Hall in a split vote, I decided this was an issue citizens need to know about. I put up a rush website. The two friends worked Facebook and did door-to-door. As shown above, the attempt made headline news as the Greer Citizen published an article on short notice.

The effort paid off. A large group of citizens showed up at the January 11, 2022 Town Council meeting and voiced their opinions. Mayor Rogers listened to their voices and changed his vote. Thanks to the efforts of all involved, the 45 to 50 townhomes behind Town Hall weren’t built.  

Most candidates talk about slowing down growth. I do something about it.

Growth outside the town limits is hard to stop since there is a significant difference between a zoning change request and an annexation request. An annexation request is a request to come into the town limits. These requests are hard to turn down. Usually, even if a town turns them down whatever was going to get built will get built anyway, but either another town or the county will get the tax revenue from whatever was built.

The only thing that makes a zoning change request hard to turn down is the loss of tax revenue. For instance, the vacant lot where the developer wanted to build the townhomes was bringing in little tax revenue as a vacant lot. Letting him build the townhomes would have brought in more tax revenue, but as the citizens who showed up at the meeting pointed out, quality of life is more important than tax revenue. Our town can get by without this extra tax revenue.

There are two competing visions among those running the town concerning the quality of Life in Duncan. In the website that was thrown up quickly, these two competing visions were called:

  • Change the Core and
  • Protect the Core.   

The thrown up quickly website was revived for this campaign. It has more information on the difference between these two visions. You can click here to see that website but better names for these competing visions are

  • the allow them to build it and see what happens vision versus
  • the don’t allow them to build it unless there is a plan vision.

Either of these plans can be implemented in areas that have zoning. The “build it and see what happens plan” is implemented by approving every zoning change request that comes along. The “don’t allow them to build it unless there is a plan” vision requires turning down zoning change requests except for ones that make sense. Most zoning change requests on narrow back roads don’t make sense.

I support the “don’t allow them to build it unless there is a plan” vision. By far, I am the elected official with the most “no” votes against zoning change requests from developers. Unfortunately, only two zoning change requests have been turned down since I have been on council. One was the townhomes described earlier. The other was a zoning change request I made on my property as a test and to make a point.

Fortunately, both visions for the Town of Duncan have a shared vision for one step to improve the quality of life for Duncan residents. That quality of life improvement for Duncan residents has been building the event center and upgrading the water park. In these troubling economic times, the event center has become a low-cost alternative to enjoy outdoor activities.

Increasing quality of life without increasing traffic, crime and housing density is important to me. The same process occurring in Duncan changed my old hometown for the worse. I promise to keep fighting excessive development.

I have proven this is a promise I can keep.