A neighborhood water tower not good planning

To the Editor:

We are all residents of Troy by choice. Some of us have even purchased several homes in this fine city. We did so believing our current homes would be good long-term investments for our families.

We live in the city and support municipal development for two major reasons. 1. Municipal services allow more efficient development, and 2. Planning and zoning within a municipality provide extra assurance that a family’s home will remain a good long term investment.

If any of us were to approach the city of Troy with the idea of building a large commercial building in a residential neighborhood, officials would point out that such a structure was not permitted in a residential area, but could be allowed in certain commercial and industrial zones. Staff would explain the process of submitting plans and getting the appropriate approvals to move forward on such a proposed project in the appropriate area.

Overall, the city’s planning and zoning regulations do provide direction, guidelines and processes that result in more organized growth. They provide protection from nuisances that can be detrimental to our overall quality of life and could negatively affect home property values.

I’m writing today because the City of Troy’s standards for community planning and zoning are indeed rules that are enforced, unless the City wants to build something. Recently the city proposed to build a large 200 foot water tower in a residential neighborhood park. Surely you say, a large industrial-sized water tower would need to be located in a commercial or industrial zone. And you would probably be correct, if some private entity was planning to build such a structure. But the city of Troy doesn’t necessarily have to live by the rules they set for everyone else.

Modern water towers are extremely large structures that do not belong in our residential neighborhoods. If you don’t believe us, drive by the water tower on State Route 55 and picture your house nicely positioned right next to it. We understand that the new proposed tower will be even taller!

We encourage all residents of Troy who value good planning and development to make their voices heard by attending the public meeting on Sept. 2 at Concord School at 6:30 p.m. While your neighborhood may not be a potential site right now, it very well could be at some time in the future. Residents of Troy need to speak out now and have their voices heard to assure proper planning and to protect the integrity of all our residential neighborhoods.

— Jim and Karen Hill

Eric and Casey Reed

Marty and Carol Overmyer

Michelle and Brian Murphy

Jim and Becky Hempker