2015-09-03 / Opinion

Preserving Middletown’s Heritage

To the Editor:

To the people of Middletown, I have been proposing to insert into the Middletown Comprehensive Plan from the first public hearing on Jan. 10, 2015, and during subsequent Planning Board and Zoning Board meetings with the council, a proposal to limit the size of a development and the number of and size of buildings. Otherwise we could have, as was proposed in 2011/2012, a shopping center with three 100,000-square-foot buildings.

At the next council meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 8, the council will hold a public hearing with the Zoning Board. I will be proposing that the council instruct the solicitor to draw up such a requirement for both the Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Ordinance. But I feel that I will not have any success without your help. Therefore, I am asking you, if possible, to come to the meetings to support me in my attempt to preserve your quality of life and Middletown’s heritage as a farm community.

Remember, "Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.” James Madison, fourth president of the U.S. and "Father of the Constitution."

Antone C. Viveiros
Middletown Council Member

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