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July 5, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader filed under Dear Editor, Opinion No Comments
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Political expedience” suggests that what a politician will do will be based on what is convenient politically rather than what is in the best interests of residents. On July 10, 2012 a dog and pony show will be held at the Purcellville Town Hall known as a “public hearing.” The subject will be the utter destruction of the Town/County agreement known as the Purcellville Urban Growth Management Plan (PUGAMP). There is no question that there are pros and cons to PUGAMP. But it depends on one’s true agenda. I believe from speaking to countless people who participated in PUGAMP from the beginning, that they had nothing but true unadulterated care and concern for their town and county. None of them had a politically charged agenda, it was sincere, and the words in the overall plan reflect that.

The rush decision by the Mayor of Purcellville, and Blue Ridge Supervisor Janet Clarke to gut PUGAMP is a well disguised scam to hand over thousands of acres to developers with no checks and balances in place. This decision will remove all true public input, just as the Town of Purcellville officials have been doing systematically, as they continue to make decisions behind closed doors, and refuse any idea that would require any form of a true open and transparent government.

In the most recent Town Council meeting as a Town Planning Commissioner was giving his report and recommendation on PUGAMP he went beyond the normal two minute speaking limit, but was abruptly cut-off by the Mayor who apparently was not interested in listening to the details that Commission members had spent time working through regarding the plan to end PUGAMP.

The true facts are not being provided as to the far reaching long-term consequences to Loudoun County residents inside and outside the Town boundaries.

Allowing the rush to dismantle PUGAMP is a generous way of handing Purcellville a credit card with no limit. The scheme will allow for unbridled growth, boundary line adjustment schemes, major annexations, and rezonings to much higher densities than now in place.

When politicians spend less than one-tenth the time to kill a state sanctioned contract between two public bodies, while failing to reveal their true agenda and its consequences, I say “No, not so fast.” Get your priorities straight and stop deceiving the people you swore you would serve. Stop the spin and tell the truth!

Kelli Grim, Purcellville

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