Local politicians seem to think that “paving the farm” (64 acres) on Flood Hope Road is a major solution to jobs in our town of Hope.
Truth be told, this issue has been studied at great cost to the taxpayers and many pages of data sits on file at municipal hall.
A ruling by the Agricultural Land Reserve (2006) agreed that good quality farmland should not be lost (62600 Flood Hope Road).
Also on file at the district office are reports commissioned by the district and outside sources (Arlington Group Planning and Architecture Inc.) regarding the availability of land suitable for industrial use within the municipality. A more recent example of available industrial property sits vacant and for sale on Sixth Avenue (Emil Anderson Construction).
There also exists a detailed inventory, by address, of all available industrial land within the municipality. The studies commissioned by the municipality with your tax dollars, and mine, gather dust.
Is it reasonable to ask our current politicians to do some homework and read this material?