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Archive for August 7th, 2009

Good Letter to the Editor

Today’s Free Lance-Star ran a great Letter to the Editor about the need for sensible planning at the battlefield.

Step back, Orange, and plan development

August 7, 2009 12:36 am

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Soldiers who fell during the Battle of the Wilderness are laid to rest in Fredericksburg.

Step back, Orange, and plan development

I suppose I should know what I am missing.

Why would the Orange County Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors look past the fact that there are owners of the land along the State Route 3 corridor who are willing to cooperate with the county and one another, to plan and create a model entranceway into our county?

They’d do this by moving commercial development back off Route 3, perhaps along a parallel road, giving residents the desired box stores (including Wal-Mart), shops, restaurants, and even a much-needed hotel, without creating the probability of a many-mile-long blight forever replacing the existing woodland along the road’s northern border.

Much of the resistance is not to the Wal-Mart per se, but stems from the fact that Orange County residents recognize that once construction on a major project such as this has begun and the county has crossed the Rubicon, there is no turning back–and we will inherit in perpetuity an enlarging strip mall, with all its ugliness and problems, as the remaining parcels of land along Route 3 are developed.

Why not step back, continue the creative planning process, do the job right, and create a model northern gateway to Orange County of which we can be proud?

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