Letter: Mathews comp plan guided by outside influences
The Mathews County Comprehensive Plan, with its varied references to such concepts and issues as the common good versus individual concerns, the necessity for public education, and regulatory controls, acquisition targets, etc., sounds rather ominous.
Within the plan, there also is an item that speaks to "encourage meaningful public participation in government through diverse forms of communication and a commitment to citizen involvement in public decisions." Unfortunately it appears that citizen involvement in local government is neither necessary nor desirable. Public interest and participation in a recent board of supervisors’ meeting was met with something less than enthusiastic support. As commented by one supervisor, the concerns expressed by the citizens were "shocking."
Again, the item within the Mathews County Comprehensive Plan that speaks to encouraging meaningful participation through diverse forms of communication begs the question: What other forms of communications do the supervisors have in mind?
It is becoming evident that neither the spoken nor written word is relevant. Further, the frequent reminders by the board of supervisors, citing the citizens’ failure to respond, are becoming tiresome and redundant.
It was pointed out to the citizens during the board of supervisors’ meeting that the governor required each county to have a comprehensive plan. However, the contents of the current comprehensive plan were contrived by outside direction and influence and fails to address the unique character and concerns of Mathews County.
Now that the local government has engendered citizen participation, perhaps progress can be made. The current existing comprehensive plan is a matter of grave concern to the future peace and prosperity of Mathews County.
Port Haywood, Va.