Letter: Don't change Freeport's landscape

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A fact sheet on the Seacoast United soccer project is posted on Freeport’s website. It contains misleading information. It appears that the purpose of this document is to somehow substantiate that granting a request from a commercial developer for an amendment to zoning laws that protect our property values is a benefit to the community. The Freeport Planning Board rejected this project last November because it is not consistent with our Comprehensive Plan or zoning laws. There have been numerous public meetings where residents across Freeport have voiced opposition to the project.

A public hearing at the Freeport Community Center on Feb. 28 is about granting an amendment to our zoning laws to allow commercial development in a rural residential neighborhood that will change our lives forever. The environmental and economic repercussions will negatively impact the quality of life and property values of West Freeport families forever. A zoning change to allow spot zoning will set a precedent for all our neighborhoods that will last forever. The view from Hedgehog Mountain will be changed forever. The rural land with trails built by Freeport youth and community support known as the Flanders property will be lost forever under the footprint of a 62,500-square-foot commercial business building.

Please attend the public hearing at Freeport Community Center and speak out against changing zoning laws. Please help save our neighborhoods.

Lucy Lloyd