If you have lived in Plano for more then 40 years you have seen a lot of changes. Plano was originally a rural town, and most residents were in the agricultural business. But, as people began to move away from big urban cities, Plano changed from a rural city to a suburban one. Yet, Plano still managed to keep some land for farming. If liberals have their way, Plano will not have any farms and become the urban city that most of today's residents moved away from.
For many years parts of Plano kept its farms while making room for single family housing developments. East Plano and some of West Plano still has farm land. The Lavon Dairy Farm has been in East Plano for about 90 years. Next to Legacy West on Communications we still have longhorn cows. They use to occupy all of the Legacy West area, until the Mayor thought they should make room for what is now a mixed use development with restaurants, condos, apartments, and office buildings. Eventually the cows’ small pasture will probably be sold to a developer, and the cows will have to leave Plano.
If you drive down Windhaven you will see a field of, what looks like wheat growing. On Spring Creek in West Plano you will find horses. You can also find a very large farm off of Dallas Pkwy and Spring Creek. That farm used to own most of the land that is now car dealerships.There is also wheat growing on land off Dallas Pkwy; it has a sign on it saying the land one day will have an office development on it. So, no more wheat growing there.
Ironically, the same liberal mindset that wants to bulldoze the farms in our city for mixed use developments, walk-able neighborhoods, and less people driving, also want fresh locally grown organic food, less CO2 emissions, and want to go to farmers markets where local farmers can sell their crops. There is just one problem with that. In order for us to have locally grown food we need local farms to locally grow that food.
Farms need lots of land. If the city council continues rezoning farm land for mixed use, eventually we won’t have any local farms left in Plano. That means the food will have farther to travel in a truck or a plane which would create more CO2.
We can’t have it both ways. We can’t tear up every bit of farm land to build a concrete jungle without pollution. And we can’t have locally grown food without farms. While we can’t regain the farm land we have lost, we can preserve what little farm land we have left.
This is Plano’s Political Pit Bull Signing Off.