drc.htm August 14, 2005
Pasco Tribune -- Sunday, August 14, 2005 -- My View column on Pasco section of Tampa Tribune.
RICHARD K. RILEY
wants to build 653. These development proposals and
for high-density land uses are trying to make east
have to accept this.
commissioners should accept the recommendations of their
that this is an inappropriate change and the projects are
for unacceptable growth.
should listen to those concerned that these proposals will
water quality, confuse storm drainage, destroy the
clog traffic and insult the county's rural and
have reminded me that the constitution of the
to sell property to anybody for almost any reason. But the
does not guarantee that a landowner is endowed with
inalienable right to make the most money possible by
the most homes per acre possible, and do it with the
concern for the rest of the county or state.
western part of
by inappropriate overdevelopment. We have the chance to
what is left of our land and provide homes that fit the
atmosphere that attracted us here. Raping the land in the
of development and profit may be the history of American
estate, but it doesn't have to be the present or future of
landowners and developers are not allowed to make the highest
of profit, I feel they can still sell their property and
intelligent homes built on them. Attractive, sensible and
homes can be built with reasonable lot sizes on
ranches, groves and open spaces of east
have the opportunity to develop east
be proud of and increase the quality of homes and the tax
as well as attract people with higher incomes so they can
support the county.
you reduce the quality of life by crowding people in 5-
homes with garages in the front and front doors in
back, you will get people who do not respect their
neighbors or themselves.
homes and a high quality of life will attract and
quality homeowners. This is what will benefit
Quality … not quantity.
I urge commissioners to deny approval of these proposals.
writer is a Trilby area activist and a former program
for the Maine Department of Education.
note: The county commission, acting as the
land planning agency, meets at the Historic Pasco
of applications to amend the comprehensive land use plan,
guide for growth. The meeting begins at 9:30 a.m.