In regards to the article, “Act 250: Parties spar over ski village traffic study,” I am seriously perplexed at the unilateral action taken by the heads of the regional planning commissions in demanding traffic studies and cost sharing by SP Land of as yet undetermined traffic mitigation projects.
First why are heads of the RPCs acting on their own without consulting their members? Do they even have the right to do so?
Secondly, these persons are seriously delinquent in their consideration of the regional economic context of their demands on SP Land.
The most recent census data indicates that the population in central Vermont ski towns has declined by 20 percent and almost 26 percent in Killington.
In addition, since 1989, the skier visits to Killington have declined precipitously. I don’t know the exact data, but they were around 1.1 million skier visits in 1989 and have not approached 1 million since.
Furthermore there are existing traffic studies from around that time when Killington’s traffic was at its highest. Why the duplication of effort and unnecessary financial burden on SP Land.
I think the 193 units proposed in Phase 1 will hardly offset the population decline and certainly will not come anywhere near creating the traffic in Killington’s heyday.
Given the delaying tactics by certain interested parties, you have to wonder what the motivations of these RPC heads actually are and if there isn’t some sort of behind the scenes machinations taking place.
KillingtonMORE IN Letters
- Most Popular
- Most Emailed
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day in 410 CE, Visigoths sack Rome and it isn't the first time, either; in 1859, Titusville, Pa., the first commercially viable oil well comes in; in 1918, the only World War I battle fought on U.S. soil in Nogales, Ariz.
- TODAY'S WEATHER MINUTE: Archaelogists uncover artifacts proving that late neolithic Egyptians, pre-dating the Pyramids of Giza, practiced mummification to prepare their dead for the afterlife, far earlier than presupposed.
- TODAY'S WEATHER MINUTE:Chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing that pollute ground water and the air we breathe come under scrutiny by researchers who find at least eight fracking chemicals toxic to mammals.
- TODAY'S WEATHER MINUTE: The craze for Omega-3 fatty acids as a dietary supplement in its most popular form, fish oil, has led to depletion of fish stocks in oceans throughout the world. Is this the beginning of the total collapse of global fisheries?
- TOMORROW'S HEADLINES TODAY: Suspects arrested in Killington bear death, Bryanna Allen and Kevin O'Connor report along the Back to School front, Rutland Plywood site remains an active fire scene as debris continues to smolder.
- TODAY'S WEATHER MINUTE: Forests around Chernobyl, even though dead from massive irradiation after nuclear accident 30 years ago, still have not even begun to decompose, natural balance disrupted at microbial level.