From: Bruno Borsari
The public meeting of Aug. 8 attracted a large audience, however I found it “informational” only for the first 25 minutes during which Mr. Gilman presented the proposed changes to the land use ordinance. The remainder of the time was dedicated to questions only, and these, did not yield (in my opinion), much learning at all.
The only piece of information that I took home from the opening presentation is that Winona County, after only a couple of years since the conclusion of laborious and often acrimonious negotiations that produced the current land use ordinance, is ready to manipulate these rules again and maybe, grant renovated opportunities to land owners for “development” of their properties. I feel that a summary for a majority of questions that were asked at this meeting could have been presented in a single one: WHY make changes to the land use ordinance?
Obviously, there are economic gains for some that may compromise (as usual) the quality of life of many. This very linear way of thinking remains inimical to land stewardship and conservation, and ultimately, it will be detrimental to us all! Perhaps as the same crowd of concerned citizens and attentive officials will meet soon again for the public hearing, we should read again that Land Ethic from Aldo Leopold’s: “A Sand County Almanac” ....and reflect!