Com­mis­sion­ers Mur­phy, Robin­son show lack of vi­sion on comp plan

Maryland Independent - - Community Forum -

I am dis­mayed by the lack of vi­sion demon­strated by our [Charles County Board of] Com­mis­sion­ers as it re­lates to the county’s com­pre­hen­sive plan, specif­i­cally, Com­mis­sion­ers’ Pres­i­dent Peter Mur­phy (D) and Com­mis­sioner Ken Robin­son (D). Th­ese two be­lieve that by pre­serv­ing all of the land around the largest eco­nomic en­gine this county has is what is best for Charles County. I think this is their way of keep­ing things the way they are and not al­low­ing the county to pros­per and grow all for the sake of “preser­va­tion.”

If this “preser­va­tion” is al­lowed to pass, our county will not see any sub­stan­tial eco­nomic devel­op­ment for years to come.

The Mary­land Air­port is the clos­est air­port to the no fly zone around Washington, D.C. It has di­rect ac­cess to Na­tional Har­bor and the new casino. We have the op­por­tu­nity be­fore us to cre­ate an eco­nomic en­gine that could help bol­ster Charles County busi­nesses and gen­er­ate a com­mer­cial tax base that this county longs to have. In­stead Pres­i­dent Mur­phy and Com­mis­sioner Robin­son would rather pre­serve the en­tire west­ern side of Charles County in the name of the en­vi­ron­ment.

Their po­si­tion is short sighted at best and will lead to higher taxes. Don’t we al­ready pay high enough taxes? I think so. When will we start look­ing at op­por­tu­ni­ties to bring jobs into Charles County as op­posed to forc­ing them out? Our land use and zon­ing poli­cies must change be­fore it is too late to cap­i­tal­ize on the eco­nomic en­gine that could drive Charles County for years to come.

Oh, that’s right I for­got ... eco-tourisim will save the day. Robert Brough, Welcome

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