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Re: “Occupy LR targets Koch brothers on Maumelle rules

Max,

At what point do Deltic and other landowners around Lake Maumelle begin to pay taxes at a higher rate than timber land rates? Those folks are arguing to the county that the land is extremely valuable because it is something more than just woods and dirt. If they county acknowledges that in this zoning, when does the land get appraised at the higher tax rate?

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Posted by ferndale on 12/10/2011 at 12:13 PM

Re: “Black helicopters over Lake Maumelle UPDATE

Max, I continue to read with amusement how the local yocals who live in the county in the Maumelle Watershed are being played by developers, corporations, and outside "property rights" forces who see this as their stand against the UN agenda 21. These poor country folks fail to see how they are being used as simple pawns in a large chess game to expand value for deltic and large developers; while the pawns ultimately lose both things that are important to them.

Know that the Deltic mission is to create long term value for shareholders. Clearly it is spelled out that they have quietly acquired large acreage for future development. The most profitable form of development is the Chenal model; not large multi-acre tracts.

So, here is how this plays out:

1) Deltic and the large developers including Bob Johnson use front groups and vocal special interests to rally the small landowners against the fear of zoning and land use restrictions -- specifically and ironically the open space requirements. These limitations are blocked for now into the future. I'm guessing most of the landowners in the watershed ironically have fewer than 5 or 10 acres which most are not actually considering for development.

2) Deltic begins plans for development of their acreage. Starting close to Little Rock and slowly moving west. Conveniently, the water company is laying a large pipeline that could easily connect into the new developments and support significant residential usage. Clearly CAW is planning with long term development in mind.

3) As Deltic moves forward with development, Little Rock expands its planning boundaries and city limits thus imposing city planning and tight zoning on people who don't even get a vote on the rules.

4) The addition of the planning boundary restrictions, zoning, allows Deltic to preserve the type of development that is highest value and prevents less desirable neighbors (cheap trailer parks, trashy redneck houses, etc).

5) The rural watershed landowners wind up in a situation in which they are faced with encroaching development from Deltic properties with the inability to use their property as they would like due to planning boundary restrictions.

6) So, because the rural landowners banded together to prevent any density restrictions on the land in their community, they have neatly provided a course for both increased development density (thus taking away their rural, country lifestyle) and created a logical path for LR planning boundaries (which impose far more restrictive regulations than any county proposal), so for a short term perceived gain, the small landowners will lose on both accounts.

7) And that is the type of long term, strategic investment that a company with roots in timber farming and production would be would appreciate and manage. A few t-shirts and payments to front groups is inexpensive when the long term payback is considered. Slow, methodical development over time. Companies that plant stands of timber that mature in 20,30,40 years would see this type of long term future development as a relatively quick payback.

Remember that most of the small landowners live in the country because they a)want to not deal with zoning regs and b) they want space to raise their family. The old, it's time to move when you see your neighbor's chimney smoke.

I am a third generation Ferndale resident who has dealt with a similar path when Chenal was developed and slowly encroached on my family's property. First, the planning boundary was extended and then development came. I remember the community meetings in the '80s that attempted to halt the expansion of the LR planning boundary. It's always tough to fight city hall. It is extremely tough to fight city hall when you don't even have voting rights in the city. Wait until these country people in the watershed deal with that issue.

Can't wait to try to find this comment 10 years from now to see this prediction coming true. Might not even have to wait 10 years. Development is already planned and underway for the eastern edge of Lake Maumelle just outside the watershed. Important to note the proximity of the current planning boundary to that development.

Posted by ferndale on 09/28/2011 at 11:09 PM

Re: “Wednesday night line

Max, I continue to read with amusement how the local yocals who live in the county in the Maumelle Watershed are being played by developers, corporations, and outside "property rights" forces who see this as their stand against the UN agenda 21. These poor country folks fail to see how they are being used as simple pawns in a large chess game to expand value for deltic and large developers; while the pawns ultimately lose both things that are important to them.

Know that the Deltic mission is to create long term value for shareholders. Clearly it is spelled out that they have quietly acquired large acreage for future development. The most profitable form of development is the Chenal model; not large multi-acre tracts.

So, here is how this plays out:

1) Deltic and the large developers including Bob Johnson use front groups and vocal special interests to rally the small landowners against the fear of zoning and land use restrictions -- specifically and ironically the open space requirements. These limitations are blocked for now into the future. I'm guessing most of the landowners in the watershed ironically have fewer than 5 or 10 acres which most are not actually considering for development.

2) Deltic begins plans for development of their acreage. Starting close to Little Rock and slowly moving west. Conveniently, the water company is laying a large pipeline that could easily connect into the new developments and support significant residential usage. Clearly CAW is planning with long term development in mind.

3) As Deltic moves forward with development, Little Rock expands its planning boundaries and city limits thus imposing city planning and tight zoning on people who don't even get a vote on the rules.

4) The addition of the planning boundary restrictions, zoning, allows Deltic to preserve the type of development that is highest value and prevents less desirable neighbors (cheap trailer parks, trashy redneck houses, etc).

5) The rural watershed landowners wind up in a situation in which they are faced with encroaching development from Deltic properties with the inability to use their property as they would like due to planning boundary restrictions.

6) So, because the rural landowners banded together to prevent any density restrictions on the land in their community, they have neatly provided a course for both increased development density (thus taking away their rural, country lifestyle) and created a logical path for LR planning boundaries (which impose far more restrictive regulations than any county proposal), so for a short term perceived gain, the small landowners will lose on both accounts.

7) And that is the type of long term, strategic investment that a company with roots in timber farming and production would be would appreciate and manage. A few t-shirts and payments to front groups is inexpensive when the long term payback is considered. Slow, methodical development over time. Companies that plant stands of timber that mature in 20,30,40 years would see this type of long term future development as a relatively quick payback.

Remember that most of the small landowners live in the country because they a)want to not deal with zoning regs and b) they want space to raise their family. The old, it's time to move when you see your neighbor's chimney smoke.

I am a third generation Ferndale resident who has dealt with a similar path when Chenal was developed and slowly encroached on my family's property. First, the planning boundary was extended and then development came. I remember the community meetings in the '80s that attempted to halt the expansion of the LR planning boundary. It's always tough to fight city hall. It is extremely tough to fight city hall when you don't even have voting rights in the city. Wait until these country people in the watershed deal with that issue.

Can't wait to try to find this comment 10 years from now to see this prediction coming true. Might not even have to wait 10 years. Development is already planned and underway for the eastern edge of Lake Maumelle just outside the watershed. Important to note the proximity of the current planning boundary to that development.

Posted by ferndale on 09/28/2011 at 11:06 PM

 

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