Your assertion would require that health department staff ignore these health and safety regulations. I am sure William Christoffel, health officer of the Washington County Health Department can confirm your assertions.
Now, in response to your demand of me for a detailed plan to control "major residential development in rural areas" absent "massive down-zoning," that's easy. A simple "minor subdivision ordinance" with a 5 percent, five-year development rule would effectively control rural development without stealing constitutionally protected "development rights" of property owners, as our commissioners have done. That's fact, not emotion.
One example: Formerly a 200-acre farm in Washington County enjoyed development rights in an agriculture district to develop one-acre lots. That was changed to five-acre lots. "Development rights" were reduced on this 200-acre farm by a factor of five from 200 lots to 40 lots - an immense loss in "development right" property value that is quantifiable, not theoretical.
My ordinance would allow 10 one-acre lots, "off conveyance" once every five years unless water and sewer infrastructure is in place. That would require 100 years to fully develop said 200-acre farm, while allowing modest growth to be spread uniformly across the country.
My plan would protect "development rights" of property owners - not steal them. Farming would continue unabated, the rural character of the county would be maintained and our children and grandchildren could still choose to own a country home.
Citizens, any rational evaluation of this county's land development patterns will confirm that modest development spread over the entire county will maintain adequate open space and is easily supported by the county's abundant groundwater resources.
CPWC's vision to pile people higher and deeper in densely populated enclaves will result in ever increasing water, sewer and road infrastructure costs and in the traffic congestion and crime they wish to avoid.
Harold "Hal" Phillips
Volunteers did a great job
To the editor:
I would like to express sincere thanks to all who participated in the Toys for Tots program. To each individual who gave toys at the drop-off stores, to businesses, clubs, organizations and for monies donated.
A special thanks to Debra and Phil Hunt for the use of the empty store at Long Meadow. Also a big thank you to the volunteers who helped give out the toys.
Toys for Tots
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