(Ed.'s Note: The following letter was sent to the Port North Board of Trustees and printed here at the writer's request.)
I am firmly in favor of rezoning the 41 acres in Port North so that it may be used for senior housing.
Even if 327 units are built, that will provide a negligible increase in the number of residents on the peninsula. The prices proposed seem to be reasonable, and will be attractive to many who will wish to remain in the area. There will be no school attendance impact, and traffic increase as compared with industrial use, will be minimal, if any.
It is, in my experience, so simple to criticize a DEIS. Many who know little or nothing make statements such as "it is not complete," or "all the facts are not included" or "where will the animals go" (not where will the people go).
Emotion on such a matter brings out exaggeration by opponents, some well intentioned but some with no basis whatsoever. We always find some that seem to be perpetual opposition to change, whether it be good or bad.
Sensible planning requires attention to the needs of the seniors of our area. Most have lived here for all of their adult lives, have raised children, paid taxes to support our schools, library and village governments, and have been the backbone of this lovely community.
They deserve this project - and as soon as possible.