This Isn't Cape Cod

Readers write

September 29, 1991

From: Donald Dunn

Ellicott City

I live approximately three minutes from the Waverly Mansion and drive on Marriottsville Road on a daily basis. The proposed development called Waverly Woods is of special interest to me.

However, my interest transcends the emotion of being a resident. I am in favor of the proposed development for the following reasons:

* I want my children and grandchildren to have the financial means to live here. The price of a 3-acre lot near $200,000 is not even middle-class affordability.

* I want my children and grandchildren to have a job. Theplanned employment center is a step in the right direction.

* I want my children and grandchildren to have quality recreation. The public golf course, swimming, etc., fulfills that desire.

I became alarmed while attending a public meeting at Waverly Elementary School. A lawyer urged the Waverly residents to cooperate with six to eight other different areas in the county to defeat mixed-use plans. If thisstrategy is successful, there will never be a regulation public golfcourse in Howard County.

The Howard County Council has approved the sale of revenue bonds for public golf. This is the result of recognizing the needs of approximately 2,500 golfers of Howard County who signed a petition. Fulfilling this need will be jeopardized if the nomixed-use area advocates are successful. Let us put the Waverly Woods area in the proper perspective. A public golf course and a planned employment center is a good application for an area bounded by the major traffic artery of Interstate 70, a transcontinental gas line and a growing landfill.

This is not Cape Cod.


From: William Hilton


I have noticed a "coalition" is concocting a "two-hour pro-clustering seminar" and, "to bolster the view, the coalition has invited Randall Arendt."

In Planning magazine, an article titled "Selling Cluster" was written about Arendt. The article says, "For two years, Arendt has been traveling around the country with a two-hour-long, two-screen slide presentation on cluster -- or, to use the term he prefers, open-space development."

It appears the county politicians can't sell clustering, nor the developers, so they seemingly influence a "coalition" to bring in the "expert" to "educate" the clear majority of residents in the 5th District who favor three-acre zoning.

The last brief paragraph of the article sums it all up: "At last spring's national APA (American Planning Association) conference in Denver, Luther Probst, director of the Conservation Foundation's Successful Communities Program, called cluster zoning "the Rodney Dangerfield of land-use planning."

To gain some respect for the idea, he said, planners must do several things. They must never use the term cluster, which has the connotation of density; they must figure out some good incentives for developers -- andthey must get Randall Arendt to speak."

The clear majority of registered voters in Howard County's 5th District favor three-acre zoning and see through the hard sell.

If you don't believe this, why don't we let all registered 5th District voters (that's right, not developers and their political puppets) vote on the land use they want. Would that be too democratic for Howard County?


Georgia Buablitz Miller

Ellicott City

With reference to your County Comments on Sept. 11 ("Does the county need low-income housing?"), it is an unfair editorial with opinions of some people who are not citizens of Howard County and who have little knowledge of the best use for Howard County.

Those who live here and pay taxes and contribute by trying to keep this a lovely county should be given a voice.

This area of the world, 20 minutes from the bay, 15 minutes from the sight of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, is probably oneof the loveliest areas in the world. We should cherish the open space and maintain a healthy balance of man and nature and not just dump a lot of second-class building all over the county.

Many who advocate high density are developers and laborers who do not live in the county and certainly do not have the best interest in the land as those who have lived here for years.

Many developers come from outsidethe county and, indeed, out of state and are only interested in exploiting the land for their financial advantage. Concerned citizens expect the best land use and care of Howard County.


From: Jamie M. Kendrick


We have heard the arguments from the teachers, that they should have received their negotiated raises. We have heard the arguments from the County Council and county executive, that there is no money. We have heard the cries of thecommunity, that the teachers should, in fact, receive their raises even though they are not willing to pay more taxes, and yes, we have heard from those who feel that the teachers should not get their raises because no other county employee is. We have heard all of this and a whole lot more.

As a student, it is discouraging to repeatedly hear of the services I will not be getting this year.

But it is more discouraging to be caught in the middle of a verbal war, that showsup in the newspaper every week. I will accept whatever comes of thissituation, as will many other students. I may not be happy about it,but I will accept it.

At this point, nothing can be done to change the situation. As much as I would love to see the teachers get their raises, I know that it will not happen this year. If I, as a student, can accept that this situation may affect the rest of my life, everyone else should be able to accept it, too.

Please stop playing tug-of-war with the students of Howard County. This verbal war will hurt us much more than any retraction of voluntary services.

(Kendrick is the student associate of the Howard County Board of Education.)

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