So Part 2 of the Planning Board meeting to discuss the Site Development Plan for the Inner Arbor is this coming Thursday, November 20 start at 7pm at the George Howard Building. Testimony will be heard at the meeting in person, or can be emailed. Learn more about the meeting and how to email here.
While it's certainly acceptable to email testimony, I have to ask supporters of the Inner Arbor to not just email testimony. Don't be complacent just because proponents of the plan outnumbered opponents (and yes, Luke Lavoie's count was off, IMHO--I wouldn't call those who show up to a hearing to complain about something not even germane to the subject matter an "opponent") and because you may have heard that the plan "ought to" pass the Planning Board.
The facts are this. First off, nothing is given with respect to the Planning Board. This Planning Board is hardcore and doesn't take any guff. Second, showing up and putting yourself in a seat will be a good experience in the civic exercise for you. Third, your presence sends a message to others with an interest in these proceedings-- namely, County Council members, CA Board members, and the County Executive, and/or their representatives-- that this is a popular plan and that citizens who are involved and invested in the community, not the well-to-do complainers of bleat on and on and who continuously make lemons out of lemonade, care about this project. And that they want to see it and that they're excited about it.
At the last hearing I called the Inner Arbor "A park for a lifetime". And it's exactly that. One will be able to take their children and grandchildren to the Merrigoround; as teenagers, they'll be hanging out at the Picnic Table; as young adults, walk under on a date, maybe even propose to their beloved, at the Caterpillar; and attend concerts and many cultural events at the Chrysalis and at Merriweather Post Pavilion. And all the while enjoy nature in its purest form.
Columbia is finally starting to embark on a thirty-year redevelopment of its downtown that's already taken about eight years to get started. We need to show support to these early projects to get redevelopment off on the right foot. The Trust and their partners have worked very hard on these plans and have designed something world-class for Columbia. Something that will move Columbia forward.
Please come out and learn about and support Columbia's future Thursday night. Enough said.
Let's be careful out there.
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