Below is a Dallas Morning News article I wrote and was published on August 10, 2008. In the below article, I reference that I had written many articles about Rowlett and the Lake Ray Hubbard area. However, there are some key passages.
1. "Rowlett has a tremendous amount of shoreline." And, "but it has not one water oriented facility." We just didn't have the money to develop the shoreline. Does any of this sound familiar? We already had the highest tax rate in the area, and the tax base was not increasing. In fact, it was getting ready to take a nose dive.
2. "Clearly, Rowlett needs business development.....bad." However, there was no mention of a 1000 acre industrial park. Rowlett still needs business development, but we have to absorb the vacant business space that is already here. Then, we have to absorb much of the vacant business land that is available. We have to look at the office, retail, and warehouse absorption rates of developed space and land from Rowlett to North Central Expressway. That, and land prices, will tell us the probability of any major office/warehouse needs in Rowlett. Has anyone seen any data on absorption rates lately? I haven't. Where's the facts? Admittedly, there will be some commercial development, but the grandiose developments as portrayed by Rowlett 2020? Look, Rowlett 2020 isn't all bad. They've uncovered some good opportunities, but in my opinion, the wheels are beginning to come off. They are focusing on an Industrial Park when it's not proven to my satisfaction that there is a need. I think their time would be far more productive in downtown, the "Wellness" area (bad name), the Gateway area, and the acquisition of Robertson Park. Robertson Park and the Gateway area has far more potential for commercial development. Visibility alone is enough to raise them to the top potential.
3. "So, does Rowlett know how to get new business? A better question might be: Does Rowlett know how to avoid driving new business away?" Do you think I was apprehensive when I wrote this? You betcha.
Anyone who says I am writing this blog because I am angry at a zoning misfire, is either unaware of the facts, or is hiding behind a rock. Hiding behind a rock is a good defensive measure if you think you might get "exposed" by talking about the facts. You have to know what they are, first.
One more quote:
"It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt."