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Wildlife corridor is good for Pasco County

Experts rally for wildlife corridor | Oct. 16 article

Wildlife corridor is good for county

I attended the long-delayed critical linkages workshop. As a lay person I felt the experts did a great job of presenting the science behind the concept of linking the county's conservation areas. They pointed out that the links made those conservation lands we bought with our tax dollars more valuable. They also showed the private property surrounding the corridors increases in value. This study was part of the planning for the comprehensive plan adopted by the County Commission. It was reassuring to me since it cost millions of dollars to develop and implement and addressed the big picture for the future of Pasco County.

However, the commissioners seemed to be struggling with the science and the concept of following the comprehensive plan as adopted and approved by the Department of Community Affairs. They couldn't or wouldn't reassure property owners affected by the corridors that there were ways to compensate them for any loss of value to their land. Only one commissioner asked intelligent questions of the experts there to help them. I was dismayed that they weren't able to see the steps for the plan for the future of our county and that they have the tools to implement it.

Perhaps they were dismayed by the hasty action they took sending the Bell Fruit plan to the DCA on Sept. 8 with a change that ignores our new comprehensive plan. Maybe they were thinking they should have followed the advice given in another study by the Urban Land Institute paid for by the taxpayers and accepted by the board in April of this year. It said we should "allow the comprehensive plan to act as the primary document that articulates the county's long-term vision and organize the planning department around that long-term vision" and "curtail the use of variances and exceptions in approving land use amendments, zoning approvals, and building permits."

What a good idea.

Julie Wert, Aripeka

Start recycling program now

What ever happened to Pasco County's mandatory recycling? We need it now.

The use of blue bags is easiest and cheapest. We have been using blue bags since day one of the recycling program. We have a barrel we line with a blue bag and every two weeks it is picked up at the curb. The bags are cheap, $12 for 120 bags, a five-year supply, at Sam's Club.

So, let's all recycle and save our environment.

Albert Kuiper, Holiday

Wildlife corridor is good for Pasco County 10/16/08 [Last modified: Friday, October 17, 2008 6:13pm]
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