Vote No on Issue 4!
The "Keep It Rural" movement began when some members of Clayton City Council voted to rezone land currently zoned as Rural Conservation District 2 to PPD (Planned Development District) in order to construct a high density housing development. The plan is to build 125 homes on 43 acres of land while most of the neighboring residents of Clayton have 5 or more acres of land. The marriage/merger between Randolph Township and the Village of Clayton included verbal promises to the residents to keep North of US St Rt 40 rural to gain enough votes to create the City of Clayton. "Keep It Rural" seeks to preserve current zoning and encourage development similar to the surrounding area of Clayton.
In addition, residents nearby have raised other valid concerns including already unaddressed severe water runoff and flooding issues resulting in home and property damage. Developer studies specific to the "Keep It Rural" property will not be required to address city runoff impacts on the watershed problem shared by residents of north Clayton and adjoining cities until after the land is rezoned. At that point the studies do not need to be approved by the county or state but only a contract engineer working for the city. Current Residents need this assessment to know the city is considering impacts on the current residents as the city moves forward.
PLAN Clayton is a document that was paid for by the city in order to come up with a smart and organized development plan for the future of the City of Clayton. Unfortunately it is just that, a document. Certain members of city staff have stated that the PLAN is merely a suggestion or a guide and not actual legislation, therefore they are not required to follow it. If you would like to read the plan and what the city actually had planned for the land that started the Keep It Rural movement please click the link below.
A small group of citizens have filed a referendum following the 4-3 vote for the approval of the zoning change. Concerned citizens were tasked with collecting 600+ signatures from Clayton residents in order to allow the residents of Clayton to vote on the issue themselves. The group collected 1100+ signatures from concerned residents.
Now we would urge you to Vote No on Issue 4 on the Tuesday March 19 ballot. This will help keep the farmland Rural Conservation District 2.
Vote No on Issues 4 on Tuesday March 19th
If you would like to help our cause you may donate money to our PAC. Please visit the following link to do so. We also plan to help educate local residents in our area become more aware of the options available to them if they are faced with the same situation.