A March 28, 2008, article in the Northwest Arkansas Times quotes developers who say they are fed up with Fayetteville's planning process. See link below:
Developers fed up?
The real message is that residents of the city are fed up with developers who take plans to the city planning department that ignore the terrain and the existing uses of the property and of surrounding property and DEMAND exceptions to zoning and include attempts to stretch the limits of sound use of the land.
Some clear the trees from property and then go in much later and claim to be preserving the few remaining trees, or worse, asking to clear the remaining trees and plant saplings to replace them under the terms of the gutted tree ordinance put in place after the Kohl's debacle. Some just clear the land and fill the wetland with red dirt or other less-than-absorbent soil and expect forgiveness as a property right.
There is no complete list of land that has been purchased and graded and cleared but left to erode and pollute the Illinois River and White River watersheds. But a few developers have control of several such parcels.
They pretend that their projects will benefit the city. They show far too little concern about those who will be hurt by their projects.
Their projects are for their benefit. The burden of proof is on them. The total expense of their projects is always underestimated.
The city must institute impact fees for all modes of transportation, for watershed pollution and potential flooding that may result downstream.
Existing residents aren't going to benefit and they should not be inconvenienced by anything a developer chooses to do. Some who "develop" as a professional activity are capable of finding employment that is at least harmless to society. Some could actually learn to earn their living by doing beneficial things.
At a minimum, they should learn everything possible about soil and air and water and vegetation and wildlife and OTHER HUMAN BEINGS' needs before coming up with money-making schemes and demanding to be treated with the respect that teachers, nurses, firefighters, police officers, farmers and the vast array of ordinary working people get because of their service to mankind.