I live in Manorville, NY and I am the President of the local civic group. As our area has the most open space left in the county, we are constantly under siege by developers. Planned retirement communities seem to be the way to achieve the highest density projects. Unfortunately, most of these projects have required a change of zone application from A1, A2 or A5 residential, (one house per one acre, one house per two, etc.) There is currently a moratorium on new PRC and multifamily developments but much damage has already been done as a result of bad or no planning.
The newest idea being bandied about is Business Improvement Districts. I'm not sure that these are appropriate for rural areas. They seem more of an idea suited for urban areas. Can anybody educate me regarding the value and effectiveness of BID's in rural areas?