Monday, April 21, 2014

High density


I spent Tuesday evening at the library listening to a few folks willing to run for office. It was exceptionally interesting and informative, but you had to listen to what was actually being said. “High density-low income,” spoken as if it is one word. I hear this phrase quite often since I’ve been a Realtor for 34 years.

How about “high density-high income” as in high-rise condos up to four or five floors, with a view of the High Sierra? One well-designed quality complex with pools and great landscaping, upscale, no work. Super quality with high rents all on a few acres would bring in many folks with money to spend, culture to share and time to be involved in county volunteerism. Taxes would be high, money would flow and these inhabitants could sit and view the most beautiful scenery around or partake of the wonderful trails and recreational activities, or shop or volunteer. In conjunction low density-low income could offer one acre parcels (that is 208′ x 208′), 1200 to 1800 square foot homes where inhabitants could grow their own garden and maintain their own park (backyard). This would instill a work ethic and a sense of community. Older folks are prohibited from maintaining large yards simply due to our age. Our younger folks have energy to burn and have trouble finding jobs that pay enough for groceries. They can grow their own.

At this point in time 5 acre parcels aren’t selling as rapidly as they used to because they are expensive and when combined with the TIM fees and permit fees, even a small home gets out of reach. Divide the cost of a 5 acre parcel by 5 (seller still gets what he was asking), add the cost of a nice wide road and the cost is still within reason. County streamlines the demands on fees and reduces non-safety requirements. Infrastructure is always a major concern, but there are many parcels within partially built up areas that could become useful if everyone looked at things more creatively.

I’m sure there are a million arguments why this won’t work. In causing folks to think it through, there might be a better idea that will jump out of the box. Personally though, I have my 34 acres and I will stay here until I shrivel up and the wind blows my dust away, unless the government thinks differently and I’m moved to a high-rise health facility with a beautiful view of the High Sierra.

El Dorado

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Discussion | 6 comments

  • cookie65October 05, 2012 - 4:44 am

    As our anti-business leftist state government continues to run business out of state and force those who stay to shut down, "low-income" is our future. They believe wealth is redistributed thru confiscation, which gives them power. They are unfamiliar with the fact that wealth is spread by creating more of it. That strategy restricts their power. The forcast for California is less than hopeful.

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  • Sam WintonOctober 05, 2012 - 10:09 am

    How about you go build your cash register projects in urban areas where they belong? You want to see high density in the mountains? Check out L.A. It is far more to your taste.

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  • NancyOctober 06, 2012 - 8:01 am

    Breaking up 5 acre parcels into smaller plots will infringe upon the wildlife and natural environment of our county. IMO, EDC does not need the pollution, traffic, crowds, and crime that would come along with high density living regardless whether it is high end or low end priced housing. People who have money don't necessarily like living in a density packed quarters unless they own a condo on the beach in Hawaii.

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  • Roscoe_P_ColtraneOctober 07, 2012 - 5:11 pm

    There is a project planned named San Stino. It is bordered by French Creek, Mother Lode Drive and adjacent to Old French Town Rd. 1,000 homes, apartment and businesses totaling 1300 buildings all planned on 645 acres. The home sites are in clumps and not equally spread on the acreage, most are high density housing. Imagine the traffic nightmares of trying to get to Ponderosa High School, or trying to get to Mother Lode from French Creek and trying to get to the Highway 50 entrances.

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  • FernOctober 07, 2012 - 6:36 pm

    Just because a person has a low income, it doesn't mean they don't have a good work ethic. Some of the hardest workers I know are also low-income.

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  • Location, location, locationOctober 08, 2012 - 7:48 am

    Everyone's personal definition of "rural" varies widely as does high density. This is the real challenge of maintaining and protecting our "rural lifestyle". EDH thinks they live in the country, but it is densely populated by EDC standards. Folks that live within 2 minutes of the freeway think they live in the country, but complain about noise and if it takes them longer than 5 minutes to get anywhere. Then there are those who, well, actually live in the country with low expectations for service, convenience and just want the potholes filled in a timely fashion. The concept of focused development along transportation corridors and around existing infrastructure makes financial sense and it is in fact what will keep the truly rural parts of the county rural. So-called high density in EDC is low density elsewhere. Diversity of lifestyles and development is all about perspective, not conspiracies. Bottom line: location, location, location.

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