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I am writing in response to the article regarding the Charles County Planning Commission’s adoption of BGI’s growth tier map that supports urban sprawl and will have detrimental environmental consequences.

I urge the Charles County commissioners to pay extremely close attention to the absurd remarks made by Lou Grasso in the article. Dismissive, flippant and arrogant are the words that came to mind as I read the article [“Tier law map earns county ‘rogue’ label,” Maryland Independent, Dec. 7].

He dismisses the warnings of 1000 Friends of Maryland as just another environmental group. This is also a slap in the face to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and the Charles County Department of Growth and Planning Management.

Mr. Grasso basically said in the article that he would have listened to what the county’s Department of Planning and Growth Management had to say, but they insisted on submitting a plan based on their education, knowledge and expertise instead of what he wanted to hear. Why are we wasting our time and money on these staff members if the opinions they were hired to give can be so blatantly disregarded by appointed commission members?

I don’t claim to be well-versed in the details of this argument. I have been reading the articles in the paper and definitely have a bias toward the more environmentally friendly side. I also have heard individual stories of this plan putting too many restrictions on landowners and not allowing families to build homes on family-owned land due to lot-size restrictions.

There has to be some happy medium. The two maps that were printed last Friday could not have been more different. It is preposterous to accept that there is no compromise between those two plans that would be acceptable. Someday soon, we are going to have to start putting financial interests aside and realize that our natural resources are community property.

I found the juxtaposition of this article with the one about Ming Li’s work on climate change and the rising water levels of the Chesapeake Bay very interesting. Maybe we should just develop all the land we can and make the developers as much money as we can now, because in the not too distant future it could all be underwater anyway.

Susan M. Peterson, La Plata