Open Letter to Talbot County Council: Royal Oak Village and the Darby Farm


Let’s face it – development is really about money – for the political establishment and the moneyed class. It is not about quality of life, preservation of land, air breathability, or clean water for current and future generations.

It is not about saving the environment and protecting wildlife and preserving tranquil spaces where few exist.

We elect officials to work on our behalf, because it is efficient.

We do not want ANY development, but we have accepted the compromise plan reached by the Royal Oak Village Mapping and Density Planning Commission. We strongly oppose any amendments by the County Council to the Planning Commission’s recommendations.We ask that you stop increasing density in the Villages, when we citizens do not want it – to stop polluting our land and waterways for your economic enhancement.

There are plenty of unattractive places in this country in which to live. You do not have to make Talbot County one of them.

The people have spoken, and you have a duty to listen.

You are elected officials and this is a democracy.

Majorities mean something still; and we all know there is an election in November.

Ellen and Stephen Exelbert
Royal Oak

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