To the Editor,
For the last six months, we and many of our neighbors have been fighting against a developer’s plans for a subdivision that we are convinced will forever alter the character of our neighborhood and contribute to existing environmental problems in the community. After attending the Village of Mamaroneck Planning Board hearings, we learned just how difficult it is to stop unwanted development.
A lot of the village would say we are newcomers, but even during our 21 years here, we have witnessed an incredible increase in traffic on our main arteries, as well as our formerly quiet neighborhood streets. Our taxes have more than tripled to pay for the consequences of over-development within the village. Our sewage systems are already over capacity, and storm water runoff, exacerbated by new construction, has been nothing short of catastrophic for many of our neighbors in Rye Neck.
The village has enacted codes that must be adhered to, and is obligated to follow New York State Department of Environmental Conservation rules, but too often these are overlooked, either through expediency or apathy. The result is that residents’ quality of life has greatly diminished.
Talk to some of the old timers who have resided here for 50 years, and they will tell you about how easy it was to park on a street, or how much open space has disappeared. “Progress” happens right under our noses, but so insidiously that by the time we recognize how our community has changed, it is too late. Now, all that’s left to develop—the rock ledges, wetlands, the remaining sizable, sub-dividable properties—will for sure be attacked by the rock chipper and the bulldozer, huge structures will go up, and the character of the village will be gone altogether.
To be sure, there are many responsible officials, boards and agencies in our community that want to do the right thing and have tried to balance the needs of the community with economic development. We have seen this in action, and we commend the planning board for listening to the citizens’ voices.
However, more must be done to change the culture of development in the village. This is why we support the candidacy of Natchez and Burt for mayor and trustee. If we can’t stop development, at least we can develop responsibly, where it makes sense to do so, and according to stringent interpretations of the village code. These two candidates are our best chance to see that this happens.
David and Ellen Styler,