We have a lot of large housing projects being built locally, both apartments and single-family homes. Some of them are planning 50 to 100 or more units.

I don't understand why the developers are not required to pay for road improvements on the public roads that they tie into. Since their development will add 100 to 200 or more vehicles to the daily traffic, why are they not required to pay a fee to upgrade those access roads?

Many states require that builders do this. Since Warren County and Bowling Green have a lot of narrow, two-lane roads, adding additional regular traffic will simply overload the existing roads.

This would impact the traffic of those already living in the area, as well as any emergency services that might be needed. Just imagine trying to get an ambulance through on Matlock Road between 5 and 6 p.m. on a work day.

I am not against development, but I do believe that if the builders are going to make a hefty profit, they should include upgrading road access on all public roads connected to their development. 

Lynton Stewart



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I wonder, did you or the builder pay for improvements when your house was built. Maybe the county should have anticipated the growth and built better roads.

Absolutely Positively

It is the responsibility of the appropriate level of government to make the necessary improvements to accommodate traffic volumes. As a taxpayer, you should demand that your government keep its end of the deal instead of putting the burden on another taxpayer simply because you think he makes too much money.

Enough Already

Actually, they typically require developers to pay for a "turning lane", or widen the road for 50 feet as if that takes care of all the additional traffic. This happens because they are lusting after additional property tax money and they need to supply plausible deniability to the general public that they are not in the developers back pockets, which of course, they are. They then pronounce the road as being able to handle the additional traffic even though it doesn't come close. This all happens with a "wink and a nod" between government and the developers, and if the truth be known, probably some cash under the table. Now our "leaders" add the road to the State of Kentucky's "25 year road improvement plan" and sit back knowing that the increased property tax money can now be pissed away on feel good projects like parks, skating rinks, green-ways and a COMPLETE MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR REMODEL OF DOWNTOWN BOWLING GREEN. At election time they will point to these ego stroking wastes of tax money as their "accomplishments", all the while knowing they will never move into the nightmare traffic areas" they have created around the out-skirts of Bowling Green. Satisfied with putting another con over on the citizens of Warren county / Bowling Green, they congratulate themselves on what great managers they are and then they "Rinse and Repeat"...

Absolutely Positively

This sounds ridiculous.

Enough Already

I recommend you take a drive out Elrod road between 7am and 9am or from the time school lets out in the afternoon till around 5:00p. Let me know how that goes for you. Keep in mind developers are proposing even more development out that way with no improvement on the road with the exception of a roundabout at 3 Springs and Smallhouse and the usual turn lanes. This has happened over and over again without any real effort to widen roads or add lanes much less traffic control signals. In addition to that, you won't find any street lights at major intersections unless it has been annexed by the city. This makes it even more treacherous during winter when daylight hours gets shorter. Typically county zoning will impose modest conditions on developers but sometimes they turn a development down. The next step if it adjoins the city at any point is the developers offer it up to the city for annexation. The city falls all over themselves for the property tax it will bring in, approves the annexation and approves the development with few or any conditions. They do nothing about the increased traffic. The wild card is when the citizens in the area go to the zoning meetings and demand some concessions including a density reduction, but it never is enough to make a difference. Only when the citizens band together and threaten a lawsuit do the developers and our "leaders" back down. Similar scenarios happen at other locations close to the city limits.

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