Letter to the editor

Posted Monday, Sep. 30, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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Dear Editor:

Southlake citizens should be very concerned that the City Council is a single vote away from approving the first apartment rental unit complex in the city. In fact, four out of seven members of the Council have publicly expressed their support for developing high density, multifamily, rental units in the city.

Southlake has been recognized nationally for its high quality schools, solid property values, multiple parks and open spaces, and a well maintained municipal infrastructure. A major factor underlying this high quality of life is low density, single family housing. Experience from other suburban communities has shown that development of high density, multifamily, rental units, such as apartments, can lead to over-crowded schools, worsening traffic, overstretched municipal services, lower property values and increased crime.

The Council members are aware of this. As candidates, all of them pledged to maintain low density housing in the city. However, it appears they need a reminder.

Let’s remind them by expressing your opposition to this proposed apartment development at the council meeting when this issue comes up for the final vote. We need to hold our elected representatives accountable, to us, the citizens of Southlake.

Shahid Shafi, Southlake

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