County 'vision' one of strip malls
To the editor:
Once again, our local developers are pushing for zoning guidelines that fatten their wallets at the expense of Washington County. Thanks to the cries of "unfair" by the usual contingent of speculators, builders, real estate salespeople, and others, the revised draft of the County's Comprehensive Plan includes an incentive system whereby additional homes can (and surely will) be built on lands outside the designated urban growth corridor.
Never mind that these lands are classified as agriculture, environmental conservation and preservation, and should be treated as such if we are to safeguard the rural values and quality of life of Washington County.
To the "good ol' boys club" and their charter members on the planning commission and County Commission their vision of Washington County is one of unending subdivisions and tacky strip malls - none of which they want to live by but are happy to put in someone else's neighborhood. Their agenda does not include concerns for visual blight, loss of farmland and the farming way of life, traffic gridlock, overcrowded schools, better employment opportunities, or higher taxes.