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"Documents exist"

To The Editor:

My article published on August 28 states that there is no need for a municipal water system in Waitsfield without urban growth. It claims that the urban growth poses a threat to environment, to the river and wetlands. It concludes that even without a specific urban growth plan the municipal water system will lead to a gradual built-up in that environmentally sensitive area.

My facts were taken from the official town web site. The "Urban Growth Plan" or "Master Plan" are shortcuts for the official town documents: "Irasville Growth Center Master Development Plan" and "Master Development Plan for the Irasville Growth Center." The editor's note stated that these "plans" do not exist which infers that my facts have been pure fantasy and that therefore my conclusions based on such facts are delusional.

Both documents exist and they were posted on the Waitsfield Town's official web. These plans envision the creation of the compact urban center on the Route 100 corridor and within the wetlands. They specifically evaluate the wetland impacts. The town ordered and paid for their creation and placed them on the official web site. They were not titled "plans" for no reason. It is not possible to say that they "don't exist" and that because they don't exist they were not put on the ballot. My facts were taken from these official plans and my conclusions are based on them. These plans have been now removed from the town web site but perhaps they will reappear.

In my opinion the legally adopted Town Plan, which wasn't put on the ballot either, fully collaborates with the general ideas of the above mentioned plans. The gradual implementation of the Town Plan is underway. For example, the Munn site discussed in the master plan has been acquired. I think that municipal water system in this area will create a basic, easy to enlarge infrastructure and therefore support the gradual built-up of this area. And such is the conclusion of these plans.

Matthew Jarosinski

Waitsfield

Editor's Note: According to the Waitsfield Town Plan, adopted in 2005, "(t)he Irasville Village District has served as Waitsfield's principal growth center for nearly 30 years. Centrally located in the Mad River Valley at the crossroads of Routes 100 and 17, Irasville is the result of farsighted land use policies and public and private investment initiated in the 1970s and continuing through today." The Town Plan also describes ongoing master planning efforts which "date back to at least the early 1980s," concluding with the statement that "(w)hile no single master plan has been formerly endorsed by the town, several key design concepts and development issues have been identified during the various master planning efforts." As for the Munn site referenced in the Town Plan, that property was purchased with the approval of Waitsfield voters in 1999 for the express purpose of sewage disposal for Irasville and Waitsfield Village.

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