This is in response to the article “Work on Southern Beltway’s Second Phase to Start in Spring” (Jan. 14): This re-affirms the issue addressed on numerous occasions to the South Fayette board of commissioners regarding the township’s comprehensive plan and its failure to address or recognize the importance of the Southern Beltway.
On April 17, 2013, the commissioners adopted a new future land use map unveiled to the public one week prior, with no explanation at any public meeting as to why the board removed the “industrial use” for the Millers Run Road/Route 50 Corridor. In essence, with one e-mail instruction, they took an area that primarily includes established industrial uses and removed the industrial use, fully aware of the proposed Southern Beltway, as evidenced by their map.
How much public input can one give the commissioners to the realities of future development when despite all the evidence supplied, they fail to realize the significance of the proposed Southern Beltway?
So, thanks to the commissioners and their lack of reason or belief, we, the residents and affected industrial property owners, have a new comprehensive plan, that we the taxpayers, paid a lot of money to complete.
Take notice of our adjoining Cecil Township and its successful Southpointe industrial parks and the benefits this brings to the taxpaying residents.
Instead of hindering the economic growth that the Southern Beltway will bring to South Fayette, let’s hope our local government will finally embrace it. Like it or not, the turnpike commission is moving the project forward.
JOHN ALAN KOSKY
The writer is former chairman of the South Fayette zoning hearing board.