The Washington County Planning Commission this week did what county officials should have been doing for a long time - saying "no" to development that doesn't meet the rules. We hope the County Commissioners are ready to do the same thing.
Monday's 4-1 vote came on a proposal to allow a Planned United Development at Friendship Technology Park.
The problem with that was that in 2002, the commissioners created the Office, Research and Technology (ORT) zoning district and applied it to the park's 452 acres.
Akridge Development had argued that to make the site work, it needed to be able to put housing, restaurants and a hotel there as well as high-tech firms.
Our problem with such a plan is that this is a prime location for high-tech businesses. Visible from Interstate 70, it has what amounts to its own I-70 exit.