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Daly: Kudos to Blue River for enforcing town codes (letter)

Kudos to Blue River for enforcing town codes

I'm a complainer. Not one of the complainers described by Mayor Backus as one of the new influx of residents coming to Blue River. We've lived in our same Blue River neighborhood for 20 years. We've seen it first as a place to raise children while working in and building a community; then, empty-nesters; then second homes and income property. In that last category we've seen absentee owners do "midnight remodeling" without permits increasing the number of bedrooms and adding lock offs. And, they do this without doing anything to increase the water and sewer capacity approved when their houses were originally permitted and built. Advertised six bedroom houses and lock offs, many on septic systems approved for three bedroom use. Spas and landscaping with no external water permits. Occupancy advertised for dozens in a house permitted for six. "Animal House" right next door. And, I do complain about trashed yards, vehicles everywhere, noise and behavior taken right from the "Animal House" script. After working directly with the owners and property managers and getting back derision, I'm only left to complain for enforcement of the codes that others in our neighborhood and I abide by. I hate that that's my only choice. Yet, I'm grateful for the town's support.

As Mayor Backus points out, lock offs have never been permitted in Blue River. Not for over fifty years. And our rural infrastructure is not just limited to our gravel and narrow roads as she was quoted in SDN as saying, but also (aging) septic systems, sized for a residence as it was once approved, without lock offs. Water wells and public utilities were installed for low-density residential (R-1). Let's do debate the community need for a high-density zone in Blue River as an alternative to R-1 — one that pays for its high-density infrastructure needs and built to high-density building, wastewater, firefighting/egress, parking, policing, road/traffic and water use codes. But let's not debate mortgages that are financially viable only when they presume taking advantage of a small town's limited resources for enforcement. And, let's not debate the needs of a business community downriver that demands Blue River ignore reasonable ordinances in order to be successful.

Urbanization is moving south through the Upper Blue River Basin, with all the good and bad that comes with it. We all see it every day. But the days need to be long gone when too many say with a grin "Hey it's Blue River! Do whatever you want! Nobody's watchin'!"

Chris Daly

Blue River

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