Union Democrat staff

Blueprint Plan

To the Editor:

I was pleased to see that the county is considering canceling the contract with Moore and Associates who is helping with the Regional Blueprint project, ("County Frowns on 'Blueprint' consultant', Jan. 26th, The Union Democrat, by Chris Caskey). The Blueprint will be used to guide land-use policies and transportation policies.

My observation of the process is that Moore and Associates had a goal in mind from the beginning. When reading the scenarios, it was clear they favored a transportation system and land use plan that promoted high density growth areas while discouraging growth outside high density areas. To that end, roads, public transit and services would be adjusted to nudge people into following the plan.

My observation is that many people want to live on a large lot or out of town, not in an apartment. People don't necessarily want to drive small cars, they prefer SUVs. Being near a good school is more important than being near a bus stop. Are they all wrong?

We have many transportation problems, including roads in poor repair, dangerous one-way bridges, and transportation bottlenecks. We've seen improvements but what is the county plan to resolve all of these issues? Should dollars be diverted to a purpose that the public really doesn't want? What is the county plan for saving energy in county buildings and vehicles? Is the county buying any electric vehicles? Installing solar power? My recommendation is find out what the public really wants, then change county behavior before trying to impose change on the public.

Jim Gallno

Sonora

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