[Vision2020] Just Say "NO" to Jobs and Businesses In Moscow
megan at meganpru.com
Tue Sep 26 22:22:14 PDT 2006
Not all growth is good growth. Economic growth, for instance, is a
pretty shallow way to measure things, and doesn't include factors
such as quality of life, public health, the environment,
True cost Economics. That's an interesting thing to google. :)
Joe Campbell <joekc at adelphia.net> wrote: Here is one way to
characterize the differences between us when it comes to our attitudes
about local businesses, Donovan.
Suppose that we are at the big high school party. You think that
Moscow is similar to the girl that has not yet been asked to dance.
It is near the end of the evening. She's lonely and desperate and had
better dance with the first guy who asks her because he might be the
I think that Moscow is the Prom Queen and she's just arrived at the
party. She's intelligent, self-assured, and a real knockout. She can
dance with anyone. She can afford to be choosy.
(I admit that the above example is sexist. Substitute 'boy' and 'star
quarterback' where appropriate. Be sure to change the pronouns, too!)
---- Donovan Arnold wrote:
I am in full agreement with MCA on this. I am tired of businesses
coming into Moscow and creating jobs, raising wages, and providing
opportunities for the people here.
This 16 page regulatory document will send a clear message to
businesses like Home Depot, Wal-Mart, Schweitzer, Micron, and other
institutions that provide wages to the residents in the area that we
don't want them here.
Establishing 16 pages of new and "special" laws and regulations for
some business that provide a high number of jobs, we will assure
victory over the people that want jobs and to pay less property
taxes. Whitman County is where these business people will have to
give their taxes and create jobs.
YEAH MCA! I am with you. Stop business from coming here to Moscow
and Latah, we already have enough good paying jobs at least $5.15 an
PS, I hope you know I was being sarcastic, there is always one in
Bill London wrote: Dear County Commissioners Kimmell,
Nelson and Stroschein:
The Moscow Civic Association (“MCA”) is in favor of Latah County
adopting Moscow’s Large Scale Retail Ordinance (“LSRO”) for
the Area of City Impact.
The LSRO was written by a team of community members with the goal of
mitigating negative impacts that retail outlets 40,000 square feet
or larger (“Big Box Stores”) would likely bring to our growing
community. Retail outlets of this size are cropping up all over the
country with a variety of consequences involving traffic, noise,
storm water, aesthetics, etc. Communities across the country are
recognizing the need to pass ordinances to eliminate or mitigate the
adverse impacts of Big Box Stores. For this reason, the MCA
supported the city’s efforts to mitigate these problems by
adopting the LSRO.
Planning and zoning are reasonable and desirable activities of local
governing bodies. We do not endorse the view that ordinances placing
reasonable requirements on businesses represent an assault on the
free market or discourage beneficial development. We believe that
the LSRO regulates development wisely, in a community-friendly and
beneficial manner that protects the property rights of developers,
adjacent landowners and the surrounding community. We wish to
encourage this type of development.
We believe it is not only justifiable but necessary in our role as
responsible citizens and as community participants placing
reasonable requirements on retail establishments larger than 40,000
square feet. To mitigate the adverse spillover effects that come
with great size is an absolutely appropriate protection of the
property rights of the surrounding landowners and community. We
believe that the LSRO does that adequately by defining large scale
retail outlets as conditional uses in the Motor Business zoning
district and by placing specific requirements on such
establishments to address the following areas of concern:
City Services and City infrastructure impacts
Storm water quality
We agree with the requirements provided by the LSRO.
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