I have served on the South Portland Planning Board since 2004 and put forth the motion that finds the Waterfront Protection Ordinance inconsistent with the city’s Comprehensive Plan.
There is no imminent threat of tar sands coming through South Portland. Why do we need an ordinance created by outsiders to tell us how to solve this problem? We can and should do this ourselves.
We have a history of self-governance in South Portland that allows opposing sides to sit at the same table to solve our problems, whether it be Long Creek Watershed, Sawyer Marsh, or Willard Square.
If passed, the WPO may have widespread unintended consequences for our city. The tar sands issue needs to be solved through a thoughtful deliberative process. I encourage you to contact your city councilors and ask them to put such a process in place. Vote No on Nov. 5 so we can figure this out together.