To the Editor:
I wrote a letter recently to Michael DelSanto, chairman of the Southington Planning and Zoning Commission regarding the proposed 72-home development on Loper Street in Southington.
As founder of Southington Citizens Against Overdevelopment, I generally am opposed to increasing the population and infrastructure of an already congested and densely populated town. I believe there are times when development is inevitable and the 30 percent open space set aside may be the best we can get, but we should be looking to preserve forested land and other parcels of open space if we are to avoid the evils of overdevelopment, pollution, loss of wildlife habitat and traffic congestion.
We’ve already lost probably 90 percent of our forests and farms and more than half of our wetlands to development. The Plan of Conservation and Development should be amended to both increase lot sizes in remaining forested areas, especially near ridgelines, which are protected already, and we should be protecting our remaining wetlands which filter pollutants, reduce runoff and flooding and provide wildlife habitat, among other attributes.
Southington is headed toward becoming totally urbanized, and we have a responsibility to posterity to preserve and protect as much of its natural resources as possible. It’s also true that the more densely populated and urbanized a town gets, the more its taxes go up and its property values go down.
Stephen M. Theriault, Southington Citizens Against Overdevelopment