Capital LTE: “Providence Point developers refuse to consider community feedback”

Capital Gazette: Letters to the Editor, March 29, 2019

I am disgusted to learn that the Providence Point (aka Crystal Spring) developers have once again submitted a plan with no regard whatsoever for community input. In fact, the newest proposal is a slap in the face to all residents who have taken part in community meetings and raised sensible ideas.

Yes, the plan has been downsized from the original monstrosity, but they are still planning to clear 30 acres of the last large tract of mature forest in the city, which will have a major impact on the air and water quality, as well as animals living there. The property is home to 220 species of birds and many other reptiles, amphibians, and small animals. Many will be displaced. By raising the height of the main building, they could reduce the clearing and keep the same number of units, but they will not even consider it.

Not only are they clearing 30 acres, but they are proposing to replant absolutely zero — not one tree. The city’s new no net loss (of forest) legislation requires developers to replant one for one every acre of forest cleared. We’re counting on city staff to ensure they are not allowed to get away with this, but the point is we shouldn’t have to.

It is absolutely insulting that National Lutheran would submit a proposal that includes zero replanting. Additionally, they still have not provided adequate stormwater management to cut off further pollution of Crab Creek, which is already impaired. These are two reasonable requests that the community has made of the developers that they refuse to consider.


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