Traverse City Record-Eagle

Opinion

May 20, 2014

Letters to the Editor: 05/20/2014

Be active citizens

Recently the officials of the planning department of Traverse City chose to listen to the neighbors who objected to a zoning change. If only Forest Home Township in Antrim County had such a responsible Planning Commission.

On May 7 the Planning Commission of Forest Home Township tentatively approved the construction and operation of a distillery, tasting room and bar in our township as a “special use permit” for property located within one square mile of 105 homes. The vote of the Planning Commission was unanimous in spite of the vehement objections of more than 50 residents in attendance at the meeting.

The Planning Commission did not require that the distillery demonstrate the impact of traffic, parking, odor, noise, water usage or waste disposal. Forest Home Township does not have a municipal water supply, sewage treatment plant, noise or parking ordinance. The Planning Commission made no effort to address these problems and ignored the concerns of residents.

My advice to all citizens is to be active in your local government. When citizens do not pay attention the special interests of a few can easily become your worst nightmare. Like, maybe, a distillery in your back yard.

Carolyn Burke

Bellaire

Won’t support jail

I fail to see how putting $30 million as a community into modernizing our incarceration system could even be considered while similar capital improvement and modernization requests for our law-abiding Traverse City Area Public Schools students continue to fail.

I will not support any proposal to invest in a jail while student-oriented funding requests continue to be turned away.

Lucas Otten

Traverse City

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