Many people move here from cities because they want the rural life and the sense of community that traditionally defined Moore County for decades. Instead of building our communities, developers and our leadership have rushed headlong into building "major subdivisions" in the country. People move here thinking they are getting away from these subdivisions - only to find that Moore County is becoming just MORE OF THE SAME. Had enough? Join the Fight!
There is nothing wrong with growth, so long as it is responsible and controlled, but Moore County has passed that point. This page will document the problems with unrestricted urban sprawl and over development. Those of us who live in the rural areas KNOW these problems. Either our decisionmakers don't recognize the problems or they are just turning a blind eye to them. Here is where we will provide information and resources to help fight these major subdivisions in your community.
Read real testimonies from real people who are affected by this runaway growth!
In the country, we drive tractors at 8-12 mph pulling oversized farm implements. Sometimes we drive our trucks slowly while looking at crops or discussing farm projects. Distracted drivers or people late for school or work are deadly to us. When it is not safe to go from one side of our farm to the other, every farm run could be our last.
"There are too many houses now. I've lived here for 30 years and the growth has gone in the wrong direction for the last 20 years. We need more farms and we need to stop putting in housing developments until we at least get more stores and schools that can accommodate the overflow . . . . Fix the overcrowding first, too many people not enough anything."
"I moved away from . . . Illinois to escape the politics, dense subdivisions, crowded roads and schools. I refused to buy a home in a new subdivision, I was specifically looking to buy an existing home because I do not support subdivisions, having lived in one for 17 years. Please do not destroy farms to build human farms aka subdivisions. This will crowd the schools and then raise property taxes to support school expansions. It never ends!"
"I moved to the country to get away from suburbia. Now I have to worry about my country home becoming mired in suburbia. Please stop this onslaught on one of the last holdouts of the American dream. Let Carthage remain a place where people can live in the country and be free from the suburbs."
"Protect the horse community land."
"Stop the big development companies who just come here to make a quick buck at our expense! They do shoddy work, build cheap houses, and install/develop minimal infrastructure - enough to just get by to quickly sell houses - and leave the bulk of the future infrastructure costs to the county to bear."
"We moved to Vass due to ridiculous growth in our former home..., that made it unsafe for us to ride our own horses around our own home, as my family has done for generations. I suffered a near-fatal incident and we have had many other close calls, and needed to re-design our fencing, due to conflicts with large amounts of cars, wandering dogs from nearby subdivisions, and bikes. Moore county is one of the only safe farm areas left. Please don’t let it disappear, ..."
"We live on 24-27 near Robbins. In order to feed and care for our livestock we at times have to take our farm tractor on the road. My husband drives and I follow with four-ways flashing. We have already been hit once at our driveway by an inattentive motorist. Our farm has been there for well over a 100 years. the farm location is not the problem. I frequently pull a 30 foot livestock trailer. Running 60 mph and I get passed like I am sitting still, often once again in no passing zones. We do not need more people on our local roadways driving like they are on a freeway. We do need people who already live here to respect our rural communities and the job we have to do on our farms to feed the people..."
" My grandpa has a horse farm in Moore County but has recently passed away and I would hate to see all the hard work he put into it all his life be thrown away and bulldozed over. Moore County is already so different from the Moore County I grew up in and honestly the way it's going I wish my kids could have seen it the way I did growing up instead of what it is now. Farming used to be one of the biggest ways of life and now you hardly ever see it anymore."
"For what this is worth… I’ve been reading 'The Gift of a Good Land' by Wendell Berry. Wanted to share one line from the essay “Seven Amish Farms (1981)” with you. It’s pertinent to the issues..., “To farmers who give priority to the maintenance of their community, the economy of scale (that is, the economy of large scale, of “growth”) can make no sense, for it requires the ruination and displacement of neighbors.” Page 261 (1981 edition) I believe this justifies the work Moore Family Farms is doing and represents for our community and neighbors. Keep fighting the Good Fight! Our neighbors and community are worth it."
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