[Vision2020] Just Say "NO" to Jobs and Businesses In Moscow

Megan Prusynski 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,  
volunteering, etc.

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!)

Best, Joe

---- 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
   the crowd.

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:

   Site   location
   City Services and City   infrastructure impacts
   Storm water   quality
   Traffic   Impacts
   Building   abandonment

   We agree with the   requirements provided by the LSRO.

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