Will of the people

Friday, Feb. 18, 2011

Staff writer Paul Warner accurately captured the spirit of outrage of the Brookwood Estates residents by the plan to build a new development with only one outlet through the existing community ["Community, activists rip Brookwood II plan at hearing," Maryland Independent, Jan. 28].

The residents were joined in their opposition to this plan by a number of environmental groups.

As Mr. Warner states, about 20 Brookwood Estates residents, myself included, expressed our disapproval of this plan. However, as I placed in the record, more than 100 residents of this community attended the meeting. When I asked for a show of hands, all of the residents opposed the plan — not one resident supported it.

Earlier in the meeting, the Charles County Planning Commission heard a request to build a gas station on the corner of Woodville Road and Gallant Green Road. The planning commission members stated that one of the factors they would take into account in coming to a decision was the view of the people living in that neighborhood.

In a democracy, we should expect that our officials would take into account the unanimous view of the residents living in the Brookwood Estates community and vote against this plan.

Nat Seiden, White Plains