Another letter to the editor. This time from Attorney Jim Bishop:
I don’t know who or what the “Alliance of Land, Agriculture and Water” is, but I find the “politically correct” responses, presented in the McHenry County Blog, of the candidates for the McHenry County Board very amusing.
The vast majority of the candidates answered “yes” or “agree” to the first question:
“Do you agree that new development should be located where infrastructure exists, to minimize the extension of new roads, utilities and services, and protect farmland and water recharge areas?”
To agree with or answer yes to the above question shows that the reader either does not understand the question or ignores history.
To illustrate, I would ask if you would rather live in or near the triangle between
- Crystal Lake, Algonquin and Huntley, or the triangle between
- Crystal Lake, Woodstock and McHenry or the triangle between
- Huntley, Marengo and Hampshire?
Unquestionably area 1) above is located where infrastructure exists, etc, but has required, by far, the greatest expansion of roads, utilities and services, whereas, the areas in 2 and 3 which consist of mostly estate developments requiring no extension of sewer or water, far less extension of gas and electricity, lower density, fewer children per unit for our schools and on and on.
Incidentally, the groundwater of McHenry County is in great shape and if one digs in the right places at the County Planning and Development Department, all of the evidence of this fact is on file. High density development also impedes groundwater recharge by building rooftops, parking lots and pavement, all peculiar to high density development, not estate type development.
I don’t think the “Alliance” knows what they are talking about.