Protect the Partrick Wetlands
Development will continue - Westport is not getting any larger - and that's
unavoidable to some degree. But the exact degree should be very much under
the control of the people who have the most to gain or lose by that
development - the citizens who must live with it long after the developers
have collected their due and the politicians have walked away to other
duties. Right now, if zoning laws are stretched and ARS does what it wants,
we're stuck with a big real estate company coming away with a bundle, and
the people of Westport holding the risks associated with the potential
impact that the development will have on how life is lived in hundreds of
homes that may be harmed by this extreme use of delicate lands. But of
course, if problems with the water table do arise, the international water
corporation Aquarion will be more than glad to hook those people up to
their pipeline - for a price. And what do you know, there's a shiny new
water line being thrust up Wilton Road even as you read this. Funny how
that works, isn't it.
Is this development as planned necessary? Absolutely not. Is it inevitable?
Only if citizens decide that they want to continue to be pawns in a power
play that has overtaken their lives far more than they may care to admit.
On the evening of May 22nd there is a good opportunity for citizens to
voice their own concerns and to hear the legitimate concerns of their
fellow citizens in this matter. Please come to the Planning & Zoning
hearing on that evening, and be part of deciding how your community is to
be shaped - by special interests, or by you. The choice is yours.
Thank you for your attention.