TPZ members enforcing law that will ruin neighborhood

To the Editor:

Know your candidates well going to the polls. Find out if they will listen to your neighborhood needs and work for them.

Case in point: Our Town Planning and Zoning Commission has wrongly ruled on a law that states “all new subdivisions must have sidewalks put in.” I live on a cul-de-sac with two new homes being built. The TPZ has ruled to cut down a healthy and rare 60-plus-year-old magnolia tree to put in these sidewalks.

At the TPZ public hearing, all the neighbors voiced their complaints against the sidewalks. We are not a new subdivision, so the law should not apply to us. A cul-de-sac does not have traffic, except for owners and visitors. I have raised my three children, walking to the bus stop for 18 years, without incident.

All the owners, who contribute to the community in many ways, bought their homes for the rustic appeal of the street. We believe that the TPZ is overreaching their power in forcing the sidewalks in this small area. The TPZ must realize that every neighborhood has its own character, which adds to the appeal of living in our town. We are not a “cookie cutter” community, we like the diversity of our town, but more and more it is becoming like any other suburb.

We live across form the Mill River, and know that the polluting run-off into it could be absorbed by the grassy ground that the TPZ wants to remove. The tree is a home to various birds and mammals that keep the ecosystem thriving. The town needs more birds to keep dangerous pests under control, like the Lyme ticks and West Nile Virus. With the loss of so many trees from our recent storms, small trees are being replaced and need years to grow and become a crucial part of our communities health.

We urge that all tree lovers come visit this beauty of a tree, and understand why it is such a part of our neighborhood. Know who you are voting for on TPZ, that they really look at the neighborhoods before they force the law in your yards. Come say good-bye to her on Bronson Road and Broad River Lane.


Mary Cody


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