Interesting. I just graduated from the university there. I was vaguely aware of some of these things but hadn’t ever really read about them.
I personally don’t think it is a big deal (yet). As long as the town is being developed, it shouldn’t really make much of a difference. I guess it’s been like 7 years now, so if in however many years there’s still no sign of the developers “handing things off” then there might be reason to start to get concerned. It may take quite a long time to finish all of the developing, so as phil19034 mentioned, until then there probably won’t be much if any independence. If people have a problem with the town in this developing stage, then they shouldn’t move there. Others should mind their own business (unless, of course, something really bad is going on). True, I am definitely not a law/government expert, but nothing in that article or in the video stood out to me as bad or wrong. To me it seems impossible to judge anything this early on. If, when the town is nearly/fully developed, there is something wrong going on, it will come out, and it can/will be fixed then.
And phil19034, it really is a pretty neat community. I actually can’t speak too much about the community - I wasn’t that involved with it - but from what I observed from my 4 years there and from hearsay, the community is wonderful. Supportive and very friendly.
I have separate opinions about the university itself. Since my first year there was the 4th school year in Ave Maria, it was still like the early classes - a lot of homeschoolers, probably pretty much all Catholics. By the time I left, there were a lot more non-Catholics, there was much more emphasis on sports, etc., so in my 4 years I got to observe a pretty big change in the student dynamic and student population. It was quite interesting. Depending on what one is looking for in a Catholic university, it will not be the ideal Catholic university, in my humble opinion, but it is still a faithful Catholic university, which is one of the most important things.