Wednesday, May 27, 2009

CFRLU Legal Challenge

We would like to extend our sincere thanks to everyone who has sent in a donation to our legal defense fund. Your generous support of the Bayfield County Committee for Responsible Land Use is greatly appreciated.

Our first court appearance was on May 22nd. Bayfield County's attorney asked for a delay and the matter will be continued in August.

Your ongoing financial support remains critical to our ultimate success. Please consider sending a donation to help us overturn this largest rezone in the history of Bayfield County. [Download a donation form]

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Shadow Wood Landing: the "Aspen of the Midwest?"

It has been suggested that the developer wants to make Bayfield "The Aspen Colorado" of the upper Midwest, and that this development will create substantial employment opportunities and new business for area merchants. Those who directly experienced the construction "boom" in Aspen note that virtually all labor and materials were imported from Denver or Salt Lake City, and that local citizens and businesses were not benefitted. It is highly likely, in spite of claims to the contrary, that this Minneapolis developer will import her resources from the Twin Cities, and long-term "substantial employment opportunities" will, most likely, be service sector jobs such as waitressing, house cleaning, and motel room cleaning. In addition, as upscale construction proceeded in Aspen, living costs and taxes escalated so substantially, that families who had lived and worked there for generations could no longer afford the area, and were forced to relocate. The Shadow Wood Landing development could, ultimately, have a similar effect on the Bayfield community should the out-of-state developer realize her "vision".

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Planning and Zoning

We came across an interesting article by Bruce Lindgren, titled “Air Power,” that we’d like to share with our blog readers. The author, who neither supports nor opposes the Shadow Wood Landing development, believes that those charged with making zoning decisions “should vigorously defend the integrity of the planning process.”

Lindgren says that “A Land Use Plan was adopted by the Bayfield County Board in 2003. Development of a Comprehensive Plan is currently underway. Both efforts should be honored as controversy swirls amidst the proposed development.”

It is paramount that those making zoning decisions use the plans that the County residents have expended money, time, and a lot of effort, to craft.

Read “Air Power
Read the Comprehensive Plan Questionnaire Results for the Town of Russell