Robert Bosshart: Keep Wood Colony rural

January 25, 2014 

The Wood Colony agricultural land should remain rural. The soils are among the most productive in the world and worth preserving. After development of farmland occurs, it will never again be suitable for food production. To save highly productive farmland, while preserving green zones and making room for business development, developers should build vertically rather than horizontally, e.g., at least four-story buildings. New cemeteries could also be multistory.

Some large manufacturing and processing plants need horizontal space. Some of the extra cost could be paid by government tax breaks as an investment in the quality of life for future generations. Don’t we already have too many urban look-alike office and industrial buildings along Modesto’s roads?



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