Developers Are A Sensitive Species Too
A developer-sensitive plan requires the drawing of a target around the spent arrow, so to speak. In the USA, this has become a high art form. In the last 30 years, Atlanta has hit the bullseye several times (see story excerpts below). It'll be interesting to see if Georgia's Mega-Mansion fever can again take first place with a Western-style water crisis underway -- in a place that normally gets 50 inches of rain per year. Design and building code changes anyone?
After years of lax zoning laws and pro-growth policies that led to urban sprawl throughout much of northern Georgia, politicians are preparing a statewide water plan that would guide Georgia's growth and provide emergency drought plans.Some are talking about building a network of state reservoirs to supplement the federal reservoirs they say they can no longer rely on...
In the 1990s, plans to build state reservoirs failed, partly because of builders upset they would be barred from developing homes on the lakes. A water plan based on selling permits was beaten back in 2003 by critics who suggested that neighboring states would be able to purchase them and worsen the crisis. And an effort to build a state-funded regional reservoir was scuttled in 2004...
The Legislature will have its chance in January. On the agenda is a proposal to spend $30 million to assess Georgia's water resources and how best to use them.
USA Today, "Drought gives Ga. water planning new urgency" Image credit::USGS,
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