Plymouth plans for growth amid flurry of development applications

  • Article by: Ben Johnson , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 31, 2013 - 2:56 PM

Changes coming to city cause some growing pains as population continues to climb.

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morenews0013Jul. 31, 1311:29 PM

"...he said, before ultimately casting the Planning Commission’s first “no” vote of the year on a residential development." I'd guess that's not only the first "no" vote of the year, it's probably the first "no" vote in history against residential development in Plymouth. We moved to NW Plymouth in 1978, and have seen every sense of history and place erased from the area. Not only has Plymouth allowed and encouraged almost every historic home to be torn down, most of the developments now being permitted involve tearing down nice 15-20 year old homes. There were some lovely old farmhouses in NW Plymouth, but if you move there now the past is gone--because builders believe that as a buyer you want every house to perfectly match. We loved the personality that NW Plymouth once had, but what Gonyea and others are building to replace it is pretty soulless.

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sasha44Jul. 31, 1311:57 PM

I fail to see what is going to be "beautiful when it's all done". Paved roads which will become heat sinks, sterile green lawns which will add to polluting our waters, and hybrid plants which will not support a diverse population of animal species. Developments are ugly, offering nothing more than man made entitlements on an already taxed earth.

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