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11/9/2013 11:08:00 PM
Development will adhere to high standard
by Paul and Virginia Milam

Over the past 14 years Summerfield has experienced high quality, responsible development with communities such as Summerfield Farms, Henson Forest, Henson Farms, The Vineyard, Armfield and others. These communities were governed by the Town's development ordinance and review process and have set a high standard while attracting residents focused on family values and the importance of community.

By 2017, we will be confronted with Interstate 73 and the issue of how to minimize any negative impact while creating a front door for our town that is not only aesthetically pleasing but well planned and highly functional.

Aesthetically pleasing architecture, functional design, and a comprehensive plan that coordinates uses should be a major goal of any development that occurs on the interchange of our new interstate and its intersection with one of two major highways that bisect our town. Good comprehensive planning such as this discourages urban sprawl. These are a few of the reasons why residents who worked on the Summerfield Comprehensive Plan endorsed the Henson Village area as a "Major Node" for commercial development.

Henson Village consists of 45 acres already zoned CU-GB and another adjacent 35 acres surrounded by the interstate, Highway 150 and Deboe Road. This type of planning and development requires professional expertise with a clear understanding of the limitations presented by the lack of municipal sewer and extremely challenging topography. It also requires someone who takes great pride in community and the quality of their work. My family has chosen to hand this responsibility over to David Couch and The Blue Ridge Companies, who we consider the most responsible party with the ability and experience to make this a reality.

This property could have been sold to development companies in Raleigh, Charlotte or Atlanta but we chose David Couch because of his company's reputation and that he is a long-term resident of Summerfield with a vested interest in the quality of any development in the Town. His team of professionals is a perfect match for Henson Village.

It has always been David's goal and ours to exceed the standards of any ordinance in an effort to develop to the highest standards and enhance the quality of life for Summerfield residents.

There will always be many varying opinions regarding growth, but I hope we can agree it has been executed well over the past 14 years and that we are all proud of our Town.

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