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Letter to the Editor: Rebuilding the Garage at Its Current Location Violates Canton’s Vision of the Future

October 12, 2016 Government, Opinion, Referendum 3 Comments

To the Editor:

A riverfront is a one-time natural gift and should be treated as such. This November, the voters of Canton have the opportunity and the obligation to enforce our town’s commitment to preserving our greatest natural gift, Canton’s riverfront.

As required by Connecticut General Statutes §8-23, Canton has adopted a Plan of Conservation and Development (“POCD”).  The POCD is our blueprint for Canton’s development, and it unequivocally preserves our riverfront for recreation, open space, and economic revitalization. Rebuilding the town garage at its current location would violate the POCD.  It also would conflict with the Upper Mills Pond Management Plan (the “Plan”). 

Canton commissioned the Plan with a Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection grant.  It calls for removing the garage from the riverfront and turning the location into a recreational area.  Both the POCD and the Plan are the result of the town’s wise investment of tax dollars in years of thoughtful and deliberate study.  The citizens of Canton should not allow the rush to find a buildable site for a new town garage to undue our commitment to preserve Canton’s greatest natural resource for generations to come.

Michael J. Pendell
Canton resident

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