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Letter: Resident expresses proposal concerns


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To the editor:

The people of Whiteland, and other concerned citizens in attendance at the plan commission hearing Nov. 5, and the residents who have signed a petition, more than 200 currently, have demonstrably expressed their displeasure via vocal and written opposition to an R-4 zoning request and proposed high density-low value residential development in the heart of Whiteland.

Concerned Whiteland citizens believe both the R-4 zoning, and the proposed development, would set the wrong precedents for current and future development in Whiteland by creating a new, unprecedented, low set of zoning standards for residential development. The proposed development would be located south of Whiteland Road, east of Mill Stone and north of the Park Forest subdivisions on the most desirable property in Whiteland for development.

A large number of concerned citizens of Whiteland believe that the development proposals before the town government are bad ideas. The proposals would create the precedent-setting establishment of the first ever R-4 residential zone in Whiteland, and a high density — low value development immediately; one that would invite other such developments in the future.

 

The proposals would significantly lower property values, dramatically increase traffic, strain scarce school resources, strain police and fire services, and strain the public utility resources of water and sewers. Many people in Whiteland believe that the proposals do not represent the best interests of the citizens of Whiteland now, nor in the future, as they will lower the quality of life in Whiteland for decades to come.

Further, the concerned people of Whiteland seek a brighter vision for growth than the uninspired proposals being considered that represent a dim vision for the future of Whiteland. As the last resident, and petitioner, to speak at the plan commission hearing so concisely stated, “We want something better!”

There is a petition drive under way for the citizens to register their opposition to these proposals. A petition form may be obtained by emailing a request to gutermuth@aol.com with the subject line, “Petition Drive,” and a form will be made available to citizens either electronically or in person.

Steve Gutermuth

Whiteland

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