Letters to the Editor

Authors of GMA should try living on a modern plat

Mark Groening

Lacey

Twenty five years ago, Maria Cantwell and the 1990 Legislature imposed the Growth Management Act on our future generations. Did they mean to take away the American dream, a home with a yard?! Every day more green space is strip-mined and replaced with a high density matrix of blacktop and roofs.

A massive 1,000-plus lot development is coming to Marvin Road. For the actual platted area it’s an incredible 35,000 people per square mile. That’s one-third the density of Manila, the densest city in the world! But no worries in that “Parallel PDF Universe” with the sacred mitigated determination of nonsignificance.

“If you build it, they will come.” How much of Washington’s runaway population growth is because high-density zoning creates an enormous incentive to sell the family farm to developers? Why must we jam so many people so close together? Are there jobs for them?

I invite U.S. Sen. Cantwell and remaining GMA legislators to move to the Oak Tree Development. No fair taking one of the rare lots with an actual view of a real tree. Visit now before the bulldozers and be sure to sample the already miserable gridlock of Marvin Road on a Saturday.

Future neighborhoods can be beautiful again like nearby Lake Forest. With a little more space, artistry, and soul we could plat livable places that keep some native trees and would be worthy of being a part of the Evergreen State.

Mark Groening

Lacey

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