It has come to the attention of the property owners listed below, the article published in The Current newspaper about the public hearing regarding the proposed conservancy in Westfield contained a number of inaccuracies. This article ran in your newspaper on February 13, 2016.
At the public hearing, held by the Area Plan Commission on Feb. 1, 2016, 22 speakers opposed adoption of the addendum – and only eight spoke in favor. Given the opposition of 71 percent of the property ownerships within the proposed conservancy boundary–as shown on the attached map which was introduced at the public hearing – your headline was very misleading and the content of the article was factually incorrect. The affected property owners were not included, as suggested, in any prior discussions or meetings held by conservancy petition leaders.
We do not believe a conservancy addendum to Westfield’s Comprehensive Plan is needed or warranted. The current plan was vetted by the public and elected officials, has been tested through review of numerous zoning petitions, and continues to work as intended. The addendum could also do harm by eliminating the medium density designation which acts as a buffer between Ditch Road and Shelbourne Road.
A meeting with conservancy leaders and property owners is scheduled for March 15th. Our position of opposition remains unchanged, and will be communicated again at that meeting.
Mary Josephine (Josie) George, dba MJG Properties LLC
Graham Richards, Pastor – Central Christian Church.