Save Mahone Bay's Woods and Soccer Field!

To the Members of the Mahone Bay Town Council:

The Town of Mahone Bay is a beautiful community. We also understand that it is a rural community which faces serious and difficult challenges that have implications for its economic survival.

We have deep reservations about the conceptual plan for the development of the Town land behind the old school which the Council announced through the media on May 17, 2007. We understand that this development is seen as an opportunity to revitalize the Town. We also understand why it is seen that way.

Our reservations are many. The development concept is based on social and economic engineering that are without precedent in the Town and need thoughtful consideration. The neighbourhood that would be created by building this concept will be utterly unlike any other in the community. It will have significant impacts on the existing neighbourhoods and the properties surrounding it, and may impact the whole Town in ways that have not been foreseen. We believe in children and in their playing fields and question the need to sacrifice the soccer field, and the wisdom of doing so. We question the environmental values of the development concept. We fear that the concept is being made possible only by the privatization of publicly-owned land at a price that does not reflect its inherent or its market values. We fear that in the long run this concept will enrich the developer without delivering real solutions for the Town's problems. We fear that the new affordable housing subdivision and seniors residences may result in costs to the Town that are greater than the additional revenues they are intended to generate. We believe that before this development proceeds the Town Council and its citizens must be sure that there are not other, wiser, ways to address the Town's needs and its future development.

We call on you not to commit to this development before all the people of the Town have had a chance to fully assess and debate its implications, both good and bad, and to consider alternatives.

 

To the Members of the Mahone Bay Town Council:

The Town of Mahone Bay is a beautiful community. We also understand that it is a rural community which faces serious and difficult challenges that have implications for its economic survival.

We have deep reservations about the conceptual plan for the development of the Town land behind the old school which the Council announced through the media on May 17, 2007. We understand that this development is seen as an opportunity to revitalize the Town. We also understand why it is seen that way.

Our reservations are many. The development concept is based on social and economic engineering that are without precedent in the Town and need thoughtful consideration. The neighbourhood that would be created by building this concept will be utterly unlike any other in the community. It will have significant impacts on the existing neighbourhoods and the properties surrounding it, and may impact the whole Town in ways that have not been foreseen. We believe in children and in their playing fields and question the need to sacrifice the soccer field, and the wisdom of doing so. We question the environmental values of the development concept. We fear that the concept is being made possible only by the privatization of publicly-owned land at a price that does not reflect its inherent or its market values. We fear that in the long run this concept will enrich the developer without delivering real solutions for the Town%u2019s problems. We fear that the new low-cost housing subdivision and seniors residences may result in costs to the Town that are greater than the additional revenues they are intended to generate. We believe that before this development proceeds the Town Council and its citizens must be sure that there are not other, wiser, ways to address the Town's needs and its future development.

We call on you not to commit to this development before all the people of the Town have had a chance to fully assess and debate its implications, both good and bad, and to consider alternatives.

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