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Monday, March 14, 2005

Wise County to Resemble Plano!!!
Harvard’s 2nd Study of Wise County Revealed


Excerpt for the Wise County Messenger
Published Sunday, March 13, 2005

“Wise Growth – Embracing the Future Today” was summarized by Peiser before civic leaders participating in discussions on subdivision ordinances and drilling procedures; economic development; and the LBJ National Grasslands and a county-wide trail system.”

Peiser said that Wise County is now on the leading edge of development. He predicted that Wise County will be “developed out” in 50 years. The professor said Wise County will ultimately resemble Plano and other Metroplex suburbs in density.”

“He noted that Wise County faces a difficult task because of a lack of authority to control development.” The Wise Growth study noted in its executive summary that the county “must choose now to make open space conservation and habitat preservation a priority.” The county must also “take steps to encourage development that is dense enough to accommodate both future growth and the preservation of important lands,” it said.”

"The Wise Growth study noted in its executive summary that the county “must choose now to make open space conservation and habitat preservation a priority.” The county must also “take steps to encourage development that is dense enough to accommodate both future growth and the preservation of important lands,” it said.”

“Among the county’s goals should be the will to preserve valuable lands while leveraging them to create even more value in surrounding areas.”

To read the rest of the article go to
http://www.wcmessenger.com/newsbindata/news/news/HarvardstudyEmbracethefutu.shtml


Speaking of Wise County’s lack of will, authority, or control . . .

Cruel Irony?

When some visitors recently went up to view Grand Harbor at Lake Bridgeport they met a sales person who showed them around the land and gave them a brochure. While talking about the advantages of buying in Grand Harbor the salesperson pointed out across the river and said, “A lot of people don’t know this but all that land across the way belongs to the Boy Scouts. It will always look like that. It will never be sold.”

A true account!!!


Cooperation is key for subdivisions and drilling

Excerpt from Wise County Messenger
Published Sunday, March 13, 2005

“Cooperation and predictability were the key words thrown out by industry, developers and lawyers during two one-hour sessions on subdivisions and drilling at Thursday’s Wise County Long-Term Planning Symposium at the Decatur Civic Center.”

“Frank said he had read through the Wise County subdivision regulations and “there is nothing – nothing – on oil and gas wells” in the two-inch thick document.”

The Skinny:
Get county commissioners to take authority and get developers and oil companies to cooperate and guess what? Land values will dramatically go up!

To read the rest of the article go to
http://www.wcmessenger.com/newsbindata/news/news/Cooperationiskeyforsubdivi.shtml



Sowell Named Editor of the Texas Homeowner Association News

The power of the homeowner voice received fresh confirmation in January when it was announced that the American Homeowners Resource Center website was named #1 by Google for homeowner associations. This singular honor is due in no small measure to the tireless efforts of countless homeowners around the country, and around the world, who refused to let their voices be squelched.

The primary driving force behind the American Homeowners Resource Center (AHRC) is a national and international grassroots network of homeowners working together to protect their homes. Homeowners can publish news and keep abreast of developments dealing with housing, personal finance, and products and services for home and family.

Here are some of the reasons that the AHRC has reached #1:

-Homeowners can track pending legislation that affects their homes.
-Homeowners can find yellow pages, recommendations, and claims about home products and their vendors.
-Ideas can be swapped in community discussion rooms.
-Before you buy, hire, or elect check out complaints and the Peoples Hall of Shame.
-The lawsuit industry is the fastest growing American industry.

In addition:

-You can tract significant court decisions that affect the American home – especially those that threaten the rights of American homeowners
-Explore a national network of advocacy sites

This month the AHRC launched the Texas Homeowners Association News web site at http://texas.ahrc.com/

I’m honored to be the editor of Texas AHRC and I’m delighted to join the AHRC team, worldwide, who have worked and networked endlessly to bring much needed freedom and reform to homeownership.

The Texas Homeowners Association News is an interactive, publishing and networking news and educational website by Texas homeowners for homeowners. Please visit our web page where you can access all the Texas Homeowner Association news. You can also create your own blog and publish news and articles as well. You can also join the Texas Homeowner Association News Forum and access it from the AHRC web site or from the Texas Homeowner Association News web page.

Barbara Sowell

Editor
Texas Homeowner Association News

AHRC Press Release
http://www.ahrc.com/new/index.php/src/news/sub/pressrel/action/ShowMedia/id/2063

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