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Trans-Texas Corridor is not dead

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The Trans-Texas Corridor is not dead, and neither is Loop 9, the 12-lane toll road sister-project that is slated to cut through parts of Glenn Heights, Oak Leaf, Cedar Hill, Lancaster, Red Oak and DeSoto.

To put this issue in a clear perspective, allow us to mention another massive project that prompted state and federal officials to systematically throw people off their property: the Superconducting SuperCollider. Remember that one?

We put an end to the huge countywide zoning commission that state and federal busybodies wanted to push onto Ellis County for the SSC, so we’re gearing up again to fight off Loop 9.

In each of our cities, there exists layer after layer of board, commission, committee or community group. These are your rank-and-file political establishment types and even more powerful than a city council, even more prominent than a zoning board, and even more popular than a school bond package committee, each community’s comprehensive plan commission is responsible for the future.

In the case of Cedar Hill’s comprehensive plan strategy, which sought to map out 10, 15, 20 years into the future, many facts about Loop 9 became apparent, though not to the citizens living in the southern part of Cedar Hill and the northern part of Ovilla or Midlothian: that Loop 9’s highway lanes, exit ramps, on ramps would change entire zoning classifications from residential to light industrial zoning.

Before our housing bubble burst, rooftops were being constructed in southern Cedar Hill. Big homes.

Big yards.

Lots of houses, lots of trees.

A lot of new residents.

What was then the American Dream quickly evaporated, as now hundreds of southern Cedar Hill and Midlothian citizens have now learned, those homes they bought sit directly in the path of a 12-lane toll road.

The people on the comprehensive plan commission knew about it this whole time. That’s where the original ideas were mapped out.

Unsuspecting citizens bought homes the economy has depressed values on, and on top of that, the Loop 9 zoning changes are causing deeper cuts in home values.

In neighboring Glenn Heights, which like Ovilla and Cedar Hill, shares portions of two counties, a homeowner has retained a lawyer because her real estate agent did not inform her the new home was sitting in the way of Loop 9’s plans.

Who sits on these boards, commissions and councils? Without negatively generalizing all the industries as "bad" or unethical, most of the people appointed and serving are real estate agents, bankers, lawyers, insurance executives, politicians and yes, even local members of the newspapers that cover these towns (which is why people call this paper to say, "I never knew about this until I saw it on the front page!")

We print the truth regardless, which is why if Loop 9 and public opinion sway to opposition, it is because we printed the entire guts of the agenda.

It’s sad that in America, with soldiers overseas fighting for freedoms for other nations and people, that our very way of life enshrined in the Constitution is being sold out from underneath us.

Who knew?

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Nelson Propane

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