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Old 09-25-2014, 08:03 AM
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What is good governance? Why should you care? Example; If you or I legally agree to something, we will be held responsible or penalties follow. The reason for penalties is to ensure all the signatories follow through on their responsibility. So, why are municipalities held to a lower standard by the justice system?

My neighbors and I have a current problem in which our lives have been significantly, negatively, impacted by a wrongfully filed plat. Why should you care? If a municipality can reverse themselves in this situation, what other scenarios can they reverse themselves on? Situations that you may find yourself involved in, and wronged. That's why all of us should all be concerned when this activity rears it's ugly head. Today it's our problem, tomorrow it may be yours! Bad governance affects all of us.

Plats are relatively unknown to the average lay person. Parts of Oklahoma are in an aggressive growth phase, particularly around major municipalities. Your chances of being impacted by a plat increases, particularly in a actively growing municipality, with undeveloped real estate. What you should realize is that plats can have a dramatic impact on your safety, security and quality of life. An impact that will be permanent for you and your familys' life until you move or die! Something to seriously consider.
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Old 09-25-2014, 12:14 PM
Location: Stillwater, Oklahoma
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If a developer has a plat for a huge new apartment complex next to your neighborhood of single family houses, then try to get the city council to nix it. It's been successfully done at least twice in Stillwater.
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Old 09-26-2014, 01:00 AM
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Thanks for the advice but this is a different situation. This is about a plat for a development, approved by a city council. A plat filed, without all the conditions specified by the originating council, as required per statue(s). No one knew, at least admits too knowing, about the discrepancy. The discrepancy was not discovered until several years later, as the new development progressed to that point. By that time a new council was in place and the developer convinced the newer city council to leave it as it was filed, to his advantage. This was contrary to the conditions of the original approval.
The result was a developer who got his way. This in contrast to the dozens of us who became the sacrificial lambs for about three neighborhoods and then some! Our quality of life since has plummeted. It's asinine that a city can get by with this! This is a word to the wise. If a development is being planned for your area, participate in it's formulation, educate yourself about it and afterwards, make sure they follow through with the exact conditions specified. You can't trust anyone. Failure to do so, you may regret later. These are the kind of events that can permanently alter your quality of life! A lesson my neighbors and I learned the painful way.
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