The high cost of growth isn't always local and immediate. Sometimes it gets shifted over to the neighbor.
Take the case of three new resort developments - called Remington Ranch, Brasada Ranch and Hidden Canyon - planned for central Oregon's Crook County. (Two are on the drawing boards, while construction is underway on the third.) Between them, they'd account for 4,550 houses and upwards of 1,000 "over-night units," all in relatively remote desert high country.
This raises a number of issues, one of which is addressed in today's Bend Bulletin, which looks at transportation concerns - not in Crook County, but in Deschutes County (Bend and Redmond), to the west:
"With all of those people potentially flying in and out of Redmond Airport and coming to Redmond for some of their shopping, city officials are worried that their roads won't be able to handle the traffic and that they'll have no way to pay for improvements."