Readers' views: April 9 letters
By THE CAPITAL'S READERS
I don't know about other Kent Island residents, but the article headlined "QA land saved from developers" (The Capital, March 14) sure didn't make me feel all warm and fuzzy, no matter what kind of spin our commissioners and county staff try to put on it.
Don't get me wrong. It's really wonderful that they are able to save so much farmland from development, but at what expense?
Our county is not just made up of farmland. It also boasts some of the most beautiful and fragile areas of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries.
The standards of the original Critical Areas Law were intended to protect, conserve and preserve the land and water around the bay and its tributaries. As our county commissioners and staff lower these development limitations, the quality of life and the health of Kent Island will indeed become critical.
The Four Seasons project involves the largest single-growth allocation ever considered. Wouldn't it seem reasonable that the more land is available, the more likely it would be that the 300-foot setbacks and buffers would be respected? Wouldn't it seem reasonable that on a site this large, a well-designed clustered development would minimize impervious areas and maximize areas of natural vegetation?
The residents of Kent Island must be able to count on our elected officials and county employees to be among those to whom Kent Island is more than just a marketing tool. It is to be cherished and preserved, just as much as our farmland.
TERRY L. BABB
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