Most Logical Plan for Development
Having just read the front page story “Smithson Criticizes Council” (Nov. 2), I find I am not completely surprised at Mr. Smithson’s diatribe.
Perhaps someone should inform him that when dealing with property this size, at this time, it is not possible to “set in stone” what might develop on the land.
It is a given that this property will not remain untouched forever; that something will come.
I can think of no better people to have charge of this than the Bell family.
They have a huge investment in Mid Pines and Pine Needles; this property adjoins these lovely courses and facilities. Can you imagine them wanting to downgrade adjacent areas?
The idea of incremental plans, as things develop, is only logical.
Unless the property is rezoned, why would anyone spend a fortune drawing up detailed plans showing exactly what will be built and what it will look like?
And the market will have a direct effect on the development. It appears the council, whoever they may be, will still have plenty of control.
Unfortunately, Mr. Smithson has a history of scolding not only the present council, but previous ones. He seems to feel it is “his way or the highway.” This is not the way democracy works.
When I was on the council, we did not always agree, but we didn’t publicly deride others who had differing opinions. I miss those days.
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