2017-10-04 / Letters

Megasite will cost citizens, dearly

The NIMBY (not in my backyard) phenomenon rears its head whenever our leaders propose an undesirable project in the name of progress. There are two versions of the NIMBY persona: one is directly affected by the project, and the second version thinks, “Huh, glad it’s not in my backyard.”

Today, the citizens of Chesterfield face such a circumstance with the looming rezoning decision that will enable the county to attract a heavy manufacturing firm in the midst of hundreds of homes in the Bermuda District. If the rezoning is approved, the county will move forward immediately, buying land and buying family homes in order to build the East-West Parkway. Road widening projects and road extensions will take out private land across a considerable swath of southern Chesterfield.

The second NIMBY persona is blissfully unaware that the East-West Parkway is destined for a meetup with the future Powhite extension at U.S. Route 360. Other NIMBYs may not remember that the original residential project for this acreage required a North-South Connector from state Route 288 that would run right through Chester. So, most county residents might slumber well tonight thinking this project has nothing to do with them, but they ignore this only to their future detriment.

Those who may not have a piece of property in peril today will not remain untouched by this proposal. One need only examine the industry news announced by the governor on a regular basis to see how the cash flows. Millions of dollars are spent on each of these jobs by the state and more tax dollars flow in from Washington, D.C., for road work, engineering or environmental study. Not to be outdone in wasting taxpayer money, the county will make grand promises that will cost all of its citizens considerably.

Concerned citizens in every corner of the county are needed to fight the government’s ill-conceived desire to site heavy industry within a beautiful and peaceful segment of the county. This project will gobble up everyone’s resources – either their backyards or back pockets.

Disquieted in a quiet neighborhood,

Julie Ranson

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