If something’s legal, that still doesn’t mean it’s always the right thing to do
Local Hollywood residents have been expressing major safety concerns over the past few years regarding the Hollywood development center and the Hollywood auto center, and yet both local and state government say the concept site plans are legal and meet all requirements — including promoting the health, safety and public welfare of the county.
While the St. Mary’s board of zoning appeals members said “there are going to be accidents and we can’t stop them,” and “we’re going to have problems” and “this is the best we have at this point,” they decided that the developers met the legal requirements for the concept site plans. These decisions were made in spite of statements from numerous residents who have lived in the area for decades and testified of dangerous road conditions that would not be fixed as part of the new development.
Citizens have no opposition to developing the property on the corner of Route 235 and Route 245. However, they believe the main entrance should be on Route 235 across from the Hollywood firehouse, where a crossover in the highway already exists. Local residents believe the approved entrance on Route 245/Sotterley Road that will incorporate five new lanes in only 500 feet of travel path will be even more dangerous than it already is.
The board members also stated we have the county and state experts to make the decision on the final site plans to hopefully resolve safety concerns. As a reminder, these are the same officials who have approved the debacle at the Route 4 and Route 235 intersection. Hollywood residents are in trouble if that’s the case.
Haven’t local governments not learned that just because something is legal that doesn’t make it right?
The only good news is the true civility that occurred between the parties on each side of the issue. Complete and utter respect, politeness and professionalism were given by and to each side, which is definitely not seen at the national level at the current time. At least in this respect, local government is not as bad as the national government.
Tracy Kubinec, Hollywood