It was an overflowing full house this evening (May 6, 2010) at Brett Baumann’s office in Cathey’s Valley as many interested residents were in attendance. They listened to Mr. Baumann, Don Starchman, Tolley Gorham, Steve Saunders and a few others give their opinion on what the Cathey’s Valley Community Plan means to the property owners.
Don Starchman said that this Plan “Is not protective, it is punitive.” Mr. Starchman also said that the size of the plan went back and forth several times over the years and then grew as they thought “Who can we control.”
Mr. Baumann mentioned how the size went from a T.P.A. to this now is “Mind blowing.” and “Why are they doing this?” Don Starchman said that the petition is the next best thing and that the residents have to complain to the Board of Supervisors and show them that this is not what the community wants. Mr. Saunders said that a personal letter, sent by certified mail, is much more meaningful than an Email or a phone call.
An alternative would be to bring back the original document and reduce the size to the original amount of land.
There was also discussion on how hard it would be to sell a parcel or purchase a parcel that was labeled non-conforming.
Several passages from the proposed Community Plan were cited and then discussed among the interested residents.