Develop Lot 1 ahead of Lot 15

To the Editor:

Recently in The Citizen there was an article about the meeting Responsible Growth Hinesburg held at Carpenter Carse about Lot 15. In it, the author states, “The citizen group wants to persuade town officials that a majority of townspeople want a space in the village for gatherings and recreation.” Wayne Maceyka, a member of RGH, is quoted as saying, “This is a unique opportunity in the village.”

The town recently put a lot of financial support towards the Bissonette Recreation Area, a now wonderful area that townspeople can use for recreation. Lot 1 currently is owned by the town and in 2013 when town voters approved the design and construction of the new police station, included in the conceptual plans was the development of a town green on Lot 1. Since seeing the plans for Lot 1, I have been hopeful that these plans will soon come to fruition. Lot 1 would be a great area for gatherings and could be a visible centerpiece for our town.

I have been following recent events and discussions surrounding Lot 15 and understand that there are complicated legal issues surrounding town maps, land use etc., some of which are still being sorted out. It also appears to me that RGH is pressuring the town to take ownership of the property through privately funded non taxpayer means. I suggest that the town first develop Lot 1 for a “Town Common” as shown on the master plan before putting energy into a property that is still privately owned. As Frank Koss stated at the Nov. 5 Selectboard meeting about Lot 1, “We’ve done nothing there in 13 years he’s lived here.”

Let’s not get sidetracked with developing Lot 15 prior to developing Lot 1.

Dan Opton

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