I write to you regarding an impending problem that must be solved soon and, if it is not, could have devastating influences on the quality of life that we enjoy in Woodbridge.
The problem consists of the potential sale of half of the Woodbridge Country Club land to developers who intend to build 170 homes there. There has been a rancorous fight among our townsfolk and local politicians regarding this affair over the past year, but I would like to give you my own outlook on this matter. (Full disclosure – I live near the golf course and am not a politician- I am a registered independent.)
To get straight to the point – if this plan goes through, it will add not just 170 homes to Woodbridge – it will be more like 800 or 1,000! How? If our zoning regulations are changed and the golf course is divided up with homes and a nine hole golf course, the 9-hole course will almost assuredly fail or become a money pit, thus assuring a further sale to the Toll brothers. Oak Lane (privately owned and financially challenged) could sell out next as could other large parcels in our town such as farms and other town land. Theoretically, this would be over 55 housing, but demand for that has stalled and it’s easy to imagine a lawsuit overturning this kind of regulation (imagine a homeowner/taxpayer being told their daughter and her kids could not live with them).
The only reason put forward for this monstrosity of a plan is that the town needs the $6 million or so to cover our budget woes and generate more tax revenue. First of all, I would like to know of any community where taxes have gone down as population increases – look around at our neighbors or the state in general – and why haven’t the present politicians in charge been able to do a better job financially? When was the last time our taxes went down? In the 18 years I have lived in Woodbridge they never have and 2% to 3% per year is huge over 10-15 years.
The most reasonable solution to solve this problem is to vacate the political party which has led us to this precipice. Their idea of selling off town land to cover bad financial planning and performance is not just bad, it could be fatal to the kind of advantages we in Woodbridge enjoy over our neighbors. This land is an incredibly valuable asset in terms of recreational use, open space, environmentally secure wildlife habitat, or future expansion for schools or athletics. Our present leaders have proven themselves to be devoid of honesty or creativity regarding this important resource – before they go ahead and change our zoning laws and allow the beauty of our town to be plundered, I urge you to act decisively on election day and give Cathy Wick a chance to reform our finances and keep Woodbridge the green gem it has always been.
Jeffrey T. Gee