Don Rehwaldt's Part II of III

Wed, 10/17/2007 - 3:57pm
By: Don Rehwaldt

Continuing from last week, my thoughts on protecting Tyrone's citizens are in order. Today, Tyrone is a bedroom community with a great portion of its taxes coming from our single family, residential base. While this base is somewhat skewed, according to our comprehensive plan, this mix is desired by most of Tyrone's citizens; i.e. one acre buildable lots, and a small town atmosphere with adequate green space through enforcement of environmental regulations.

A review of the resulting changes in other communities that accompanied multi-family housing, cluster housing and increased density shows a corresponding need for expanded infrastructure; i.e. wider roads, sewage, and more schools, police, fire and emergency services.

Currently, there are hundreds of people working in Shamrock Industrial park. These people have only one entrance/exit to this park, creating a potential life safety issue. I will continue to work towards this long awaited second entrance/exit. Further development of this industrial park will enhance Tyrone's tax base and will require fewer services than single family housing.

While Tyrone is not a likely terrorist target, we are just a short distance from Atlanta. I will be working with our police and surrounding emergency service providers to develop a viable plan that will afford Tyrone's citizens the best possible protection through coordination and inter-communication with these services.

Tyrone's parks are important to our citizens of all ages. While Handley Park provides active recreation for children and active adults, Shamrock Park is a quiet retreat for those who desire a safe, rural atmosphere with picnic facilities, walking paths, etc. I will continue to support the efforts of our citizens to enhance our parks, keeping in mind available funds and the desires of all.

While most research concerning land use, zonings, codes, etc can be found, it is often not clear or concise. By reviewing, revamping and reissuing the town's guiding documents, future changes can be easily effected. In addition, I will be working toward posting both Planning Commission and Council Minutes on the Town's website shortly after the meetings, allowing the citizens to review past actions and make inputs before the minutes are finalized.
Next week, I'd like to address our fragmented multi-use paths and what can be done to
connect them, even handed code enforcement, and any other issues that you, the citizen, feel is important as a result of these first two essays.
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