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Incorporate The Redland

Incorporate Redland

When I moved to South Florida over 6 years ago I saw the signs all over the Redland.

KEEP IT RURAL. INCORPORATE REDLAND

The others said FARMERS AGAINST INCORPORATION

OK, I could see there were two different points of view going on but something wasn’t right.

Even before knowing the issues or how long the battle had been going on, something was amiss. One group wanted to keep it rural. I got that one. And the other (whom I thought was synonymous with “rural”) were against them. That one I didn’t couldn’t get. What the??

I could not wrap my head around the notion that a group was trying to keep things rural and farmers were going against them to not keep it rural. Aren’t farmers rural? Don’t they have tractors and other slow moving vehicles which work best in rural areas? Don’t they have open land where their crops are planted and isn’t that where the term rural originated? Why would farmers not want to keep things rural?

After a little investigation, naive me got it. The problem was that I was applying logic to this. There was no logic involved in this at all. Logic tells you that farmers embrace rural.

The problem stems from the fact that greed is what’s driving this. Yeah, the almighty dollar, peso, dubloon, whatever. The farmers have been farming the land for decades. And when they’re done farming they want to be able to sell it. OK. I see no problem with this. The land is theirs. They have every legal right to sell it.

But it isn’t enough to be able to sell it for one million when ten million is so much more. Not direct enough for you? Try this then:

  1. Land in the Redland is listed for about $250,000 per acre. It’s a hard sell in this market, but that’s about the average list price.
  2. The Redland sits outside the UDB and if you want to build out here, you either need a minimum of 5 acres or a smaller parcel that has been grandfathered in. Developers don’t like this. I can sum it up in one word: density. Why build one house when you can stick 40 in the same space?
  3. If the Redland incorporates, developers know they’ll have a snowball’s chance in H-E-Double Hockeysticks of getting a development approved.
  4. Developers can’t build, developers won’t buy.
  5. The farmers’ exact parcel is worth less if a developer won’t buy it.

The fight to incorporate the Redland, and keep it rural, has been going on for about 10 years. Here’s an article that does an excellent job if providing the history and players.

I’ll be writing more about this. But for now, this should prove a satisfying appetizer.

  1. Boomer Jack Boardman

    Maggie: Once you explained the situation, it makes perfect sense, but until you did my mind was quickly becoming boggled. When I am out in the rural areas around the Twin Cities, I sometimes see similar signs, but the reasons are a little more clear. 😉
    Boomer

  2. Maggie

    Boomer, isn’t it a shame? The fact that they want this so they can sell and leave tells me they should have no say in the matter. The ones left behind will have to deal with the mess they’d like to create.

  3. Sanford NC Real Estate - Rita Taylor

    Maggie,

    Those signs are confusing. I am like you – I would normally think of farmers being in favor of rural land. Is this debate still going on in the Redland?

  4. Maggie

    Rita, yes. The battle continues after 10 years. I will be reporting more about it. It’s been a little quiet around here lately.

  5. Bo Buchanan

    If gas gets any higher – I’ll have to start riding my bike to work!

  6. Maggie Dokic

    Hey Bo, I think your comment was for the other post on the page =) If my office wasn’t so darn far I’d have started doing the same thing!

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