A bad county decision


Published: Friday, January 26, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 25, 2007 at 11:49 p.m.
Many thanks to Cindy Swirko for her Jan. 22 article on the proposed SpringHills development, and more particularly on the proposed Newberry Village development. One very telling number, however, was omitted from the statistics provided for the Newberry Village proposal.
The State of Florida estimates that this additional residential, commercial and office development will add over 15,000 vehicles per day to already over-capacity Newberry Road.
The Florida Department of Community Affairs, Department of Transportation, and the Alachua County growth management staff have all recommended against this development.
County residents who live along the Newberry Road corridor, as well as those who travel the route from other counties, can attest to the traffic overload at present. Can you imagine 15,000 more vehicles each and every day?
It is clear to me and many, many others that the county's comprehensive plan should not be amended to allow this development. County Commission Chairwoman Paula DeLaney's comments at the close of The Sun's article are very puzzling. She says (paraphrasing) that this board won't collapse when the audience is full, and if this commission concludes there is not enough merit to what the citizens want, the commission will go ahead with the comprehensive plan amendment anyway.
Are there sources of information to which we mere citizens are not privy? Based upon what we now know, this Newberry Village development is a really bad idea. Is it asking too much of our county commissioners to make a decision in the best interests of the citizens? Please don't allow this development to go forward.

Peter Schmitt,

Gainesville

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