Letter – Sweetgrass has sour taste

Published 7:04 pm Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Editor, The Smithfield Times:

In December many expressed a sigh of relief with the Isle of Wight Planning Commission’s recommendation to deny the Sweetgrass development.

Now, five months later, the Board of Supervisors gives its approval.

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What changed? Our roads are still crowded and schools are still full. So why the yes vote for this development? Is it because Riverside approves? Or that a Benn’s Grant resident loves her Ryan home? Or that our beloved Ms Rountree changed her mind? 

Between the Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors, total votes were 8-5 against the project. Too many hows and whys are unanswered. One doesn’t need to be on a planning commission to see the problems that a development of that size in that area will cause. I’m thinking there are more than a few rotten weeds in the sweetgrass.


Frank Boyack