I thought I had heard everything when Developers began lobbying city councils to build new homes in active flood basins simply because the land was considered “unbuildable” therefore cheap for the developer to acquire. Never mind your family’s safety, “We’re looking at record profits here boys! Do what it takes to bring the city council in line.” And bring them in line they did.
Now, San Diego developers in, CA. are lobbying to implement a ‘Shelter in Place’ policy “to build homes in remote, fire-prone areas where they shouldn't because of inadequate roads.”
What is Shelter in Place?
“Shelter-in-Place (SIP) is a strategy for protection against chemical, biological or radioactive contaminants released into the air (such as a chemical tanker spill). SIP was not intended for protection against fire. SIP has never been tested under actual wildland-urban interface wildfire conditions. It is experimental and not an accepted standard of fire protection.”
In other words, if a wildfire is coming, Police, Firemen, and Emergency Personnel would encourage citizens to stay in their shoddily built homes thereby avoiding an evacuation sure to fail due to the city relieving the developers of any responsibility to provide adequate infrastructure, to include emergency evacuation routes, knowing full well that the city is unable to provide these emergency services.
“‘Any development that has to rely on it
[Shelter in Place] shouldn't be approved, because it would be a catastrophe,"
said Madelyn Buchalter, a vocal
opponent of the proposed 2,700-home Stonegate project north of San Marcos.’” She and her husband Ira have set up a
website at www.llcfire.com to oppose
the ‘Shelter in Place’ proposals.
“It is apparent that developers in San Diego County
have taken over the policy-making role of government. In fact, one look at the ‘technical review panel’ for the new wildfire protection policy reveals developers' consultants, ex-fire
personnel now on developers' payrolls and developers themselves. Respected
scientific, medical and public health organizations are conspicuously absent.
The American Lung Association's
position paper condemning
Shelter-in-Place was totally ignored.’
The bottom line is all about GREED on the part of new home builders and developers at the expense of your family’s safety; don’t think for a moment that it is otherwise!
You should take action now to hold the new home building industry accountable or prepare for the shock and awe that awaits legions of new homeowners all around the county as shoddy new home builders shady schemes come to fruition at homeowner and taxpayer expense.