NOUN: (used with a pl. verb) The characteristics of human populations and population segments: "The demographics of the Whitefield indicate a growing population of homeowners who have second homes."
Whitefield's population has not seen steady growth throughout our history. Indeed, it wasn't until the about 5 years ago that our population was equal to that of 1850. That being said, the percentage of growth in the past 10 years was more than any time in our 200 year history. Since 1990, Whitefield has grown by over 350 people - an increase of 18%.
There is, of course, no bad news here unless you feel that the character of our town is at risk. Growth cannot be stopped, nor should it be.
The strength and character of a community is enhanced by its diversity. Diversity of ages, occupations, ethnicity, and economics. We know this model from our own great country.
Who comes to Whitefield will be
determined by what the town has to attract them. Think for a moment about
that statement. Try making a list of Whitefield's attributes that would
attract people who would make Whitefield a better place.
Potential Population Density
Our current minimum lot size ordinance requires that each new dwelling have a minimum of 1 1/2 acres. The major reason the minimum lot ordinance passed was because of the perceived threat of mobile home concentrations. In the 1970's people were very concerned about a potential school population explosion caused by multiple mobile homes paying very little taxes to support the school.
Since that ordinance was passed there
have been a several observations, that in hindsight, should have been
considered before developing the ordinance.
This all begs the
Does a uniform minimum lot size in any way restrict the diversity that adds to the character of a community?