Citing a growing number of developments in their city, Milton residents have formed an online group to fight additional construction.
"We've got gigantic homes going in," said Laura Rencher, a found of PreserveRuralMilton.org. "Lots and lots of gigantic homes going in, so we're pretty concerned that we're no longer going to be a rural community."
Milton leaders said they pride themselves on the city's rural atmosphere and extensive green space.
"We're close to all the things that you need as far as services and conveniences," said Mayor Joe Lockwood. "But it's kind of a breath of fresh air, and you feel like you step back in time a little bit."
City leaders said they realized with the economy improving, developers are anxious to build in Milton. They recently improved a 30-day moratorium on rezoning permits so they can study development.
"We're not saying we don't want development," said Lockwood. "We want development that fits in with Milton."
Many residents said while they cannot stop development, they can help control it.
"It's very unique and we want to keep it that way," said Abbe Labod. "We love where we live. We want it to stay the same."
Residents said they are working with city leaders to draw up a development plan that will preserve their quality of life.
"I think everyone wins in the end," said Community Development Director Kathy Field. "And the idea is to get ahead of this and see where we're going."
City leaders said they can extend the moratorium if they need additional time to agree on a development master plan.
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