Editorials

Sometimes growth is not all its cracked up to be

Growth. It something all municipalities need in order to keep taxation low for the services they provide. However, growth does not make everyone happy. Warner Robins remains the growth capital of Middle Georgia even in the midst of the Great Recession. The latest evidence is a planned 287-unit apartment complex at South Houston Lake Road and Bass Road. City Council approved the rezoning of two properties that will house the complex Monday.

Area neighbors are not pleased and want the city to conduct a study of the apartment complex’s impact on traffic, schools and emergency response times, and they are seeking an injunction to force the city to conduct the study.

The city would be wise to comply -- not because area residents are demanding it -- but because the city should want to know the answers to the questions. The school system would be particularly interested and should be deeply involved in the process. The complex could impact Warner Robins Middle School, Lake Joy Elementary and other schools negatively.

While residential growth is responsible for most of the city’s stellar growth numbers, the city knows residents, particularly apartment dwellers with children, don’t pay their freight in taxes when it comes to services and schools. Where the city could use growth is in the industrial sector. Certainly, some would object to that, too. Finding a balance is a difficult act to pull off.

-- Charles E. Richardson, for the Editorial Board

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