Received today (yes, I’m a Chamber member). -jsq
From: “Tim Jones, Chairman of the Board ” <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 11 Dec 2012 12:47:01 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Alert: Chamber needs your help to protect Moody!
Dear Chamber Member,
Our Chamber recognizes the $448 million economic impact Moody Air
Force Base has on our regional economy each year. We meet with Air
Force officials at the Pentagon annually and ask them, “What else
can our community do to protect MAFB from the next BRAC?” The
answer, every year: prevent encroachment, and the best way to do
that is by protecting the Military Activity Zone (MAZ).
(Tuesday, Dec. 11) at the Lowndes County Board of
Commissioners meeting there are two agenda items that could put
Moody at risk.
Spot zoning for a proposed densely settled subdivision in the MAZ
is an invitation to other developments and inherently sets a precedent.
It’s a very slippery slope. How will the County tell the next one
The second agenda item would
change the zoning ordinance
to allow even more densely settled neighborhoods in the MAZ.
One of the reasons we’ve been able to keep MAFB here
for more than
70 years is because MAFB can be utilized for a number of types of
missions, largely because of the protected activity zone. Both
agenda items, if passed, could increase encroachment into the MAZ
and could very well limit MAFB’s future mission possibilities.
Another Georgia community (Warner Robins)
is actually using taxpayer dollars
to buy back residential properties in
their military activity zones
as a result of their failure to prevent encroachment.
The Planning Commission voted unanimously to deny this subdivision,
to deny the proposed changes to the MAZ that would allow more
dense residential development. The County Commission should vote to
Chamber’s GAC Executive Committee voted unanimously to oppose
actions that allow encroachment and weaken the MAZ. The Chamber
encourages our members to contact our County Commission members to
let them know how you feel about protecting MAFB. The Chamber
encourages our members to attend the County Commission meeting at
the Dec. 11 meeting at 5:30 p.m. at the Administation Building.
Please respond to this email to share your thoughts.
Tim Jones, Chairman of the Board
Valdosta-Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce
I added the links above.
All that Tim Jones said,
plus Crawford Powell’s discovery that the proposed subdivision
would be a fire code violation,
according to Forbes Valdosta MSA housing prices are still dropping,
do we even need any more housing, anyway?