Questions, Questions, Questions: What Part of Elk Landing are they Developing?

One question we’re getting is what part of Elk Landing is the Town Board trying to sell.  We don’t have that answer but the talk downtown is that the proposal to the Elk Landing Board is so vague that they too don’t have a clear answer to that.  (If that’s incorrect the Elk Landing board is welcome to make a statement here too.)

What I can tell you is that the town itself is confused on this subject.  As I monitored a recent meeting, the one where the public is not allowed to comment, the remarks of the elected representatives showed that they too were confused.  At one point, Commissioner Givens said he had problems with this since they all needed to “get on the same page” and needed to figure out what they were trying to do and where they were going.  We agree Commissioner Givens, and thanks for making those remarks.

Here’s one significant example of the confusion within the political leadership, it is unclear what the town board promised Elk Landing.  When Commissioner Storke questioned the board memers involved in initating this process, Mayor Fisona said they hand’t promised Elk Landing anything for giving up their rights to the land. Commissioner Jablonski said they, no they had promised them $150,000 and some other things.  What was the promise? How can that be unclear when you’re doing something this important.  There were other areas of consusion, but this illustrates the understanding of the political leadership of this process.

We’ve produced a Google aerial map of the area and outlined the approximate areas we believe are affected.  Keep in mind, we’ve never seen a map outlining this, so it is, at best, a rought approximation.  We welcome a  statement letting everyone know exactly what’s involved, but since we’re getting so many questions, we’re posting our best information here.  If the town releases its drawings on this, it would be a service to the public and we will be happy to post them.

Click on the image to get a large photo.

The red outlines the original public open space, which we believed was protected for perpetual public use.  The yellow is an approximation of what we believe the town wants to develop.

The red outlines the original public open space, which we believed was protected for perpetual public use. The yellow is an approximation of what we believe the town wants to develop.

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