Common sense must prevail with Black Diamond development | Letter
October 25, 2011 · Updated 9:19 PM
Mr. Box wrote a very bold and forthright editorial in the Oct. 21 issue of the Maple Valley-Covington-Black Diamond Reporter describing the “White Elephant Lurking in Black Diamond”.
I really think that Mr. Box hit the nail on the head when he stated “Boiled to it’s simplest form, the issue causing the most angst are the number of homes. The number 6,000 looms large for some of the residents living in Black Diamond. That is more homes than people living in the town right now.”
I believe this is a case of panic versus clear thinking.
Panic sees 6,000 new homes, traffic congestion everywhere, school problems, water run off problems, more crime, more dirty city streets, more logging… one thought feeds on another.
Clear thinking sees that the only way that Black Diamond would ever grow to such a size is by prospective new home owners finding our community to be a desirable place to call home and raise a family. If there are problems that make if feel otherwise, no one will purchase a new home here.
The development process itself, by necessity, has to keep this town feeling like a place a new family would want to call home.
Why would Yarrow Bay plan it’s own demise by creating an environment no one wants to live in?
Take a deep breath. Let common sense and planning prevail.