Having built a notable commercial building in Eagle Ranch, it is clear that I am a true believer in the Eagle community. The struggle to fill the building with flourishing businesses has been a challenge. We are blessed to currently have two wonderful tenants with viable businesses, but it has taken three years to achieve this and there is still a vacancy. It has become clear to me that, in order to see Eagle's local businesses thrive, we need more residents.
A town's character and economic vitality is created through the strength of its local businesses. Strong businesses provide increased financial security for every member of the community: commercial real estate owners; local government through the collection of tax revenues; residential real estate owners by making the neighborhoods in which they live more desirable and increasing their property values.
A town that achieves "critical mass" can support its business community without the need for a large influx of consumers from elsewhere. Eagle simply hasn't reached that sweet spot yet.
I believe that by utilizing the measured and steady growth proposed by the Haymeadow project, Eagle can achieve critical mass while adding valuable assets to the community, including the proposed school and trail system and the various open spaces, community parks and buildings in their plan. Savvy and sustainable growth over the next 20 years is the key to success in Eagle's business and residential communities. This includes the availability of homes for Eagle to grow and support its population.
Now, more than ever, we need more people calling Eagle home. Haymeadow is currently the best option our town has to achieve the growth it needs.