- Feds ask judge to impose $6.5 million punishment for Cape surgeon (12/7/17)9
- Light and music show: Jackson family goes high-tech with Christmas display (12/11/17)
- Former Wimpy's Drive-In owner Freeman Lewis dies (12/9/17)2
- Makeover at the movies: Transformation complete inside Cape theater (12/8/17)4
- Jury convicts Scott City man who confessed to murder; girlfriend's testimony corroborates confession (12/9/17)
- Sugarfire Cape barbecue restaurant to open June 2018 (12/7/17)
- Pedestrian struck on Broadway (12/11/17)4
- Two Cape County residents, including former Jackson police officer, face burglary charges in Colorado (12/12/17)
- Wind brings down Wendy's sign in Cape Girardeau (12/11/17)2
- Harbor Freight Tools plans to move ahead with Cape Girardeau store (12/5/17)2
Planning and zoning
I will not be popular making the next statement, but in principle, I support planning and zoning. I understand many of the concerns regarding adding restrictions, but my perspective is centered on having a forum that hears objections with the ability to act, specifically on something that effects my property value and quality of life. Today in the county, there is no process to determine if a subdivision, rock quarry or meatpacking plant is good for the overall community.
I would also like to make a point regarding Mark Lanzotti. He has been pummeled for this issue. He has been unfairly characterized. One measure in the planning and zoning that sheds light as to Mark's intent is that it allows for the county to create its own standard that would override the current proposal.
What would our view be if a meatpacking plant opened up next door? You might be OK with it, but if you aren't, wouldn't you want some standard?
I respect everyone's opinion, and the majority will rule on this issue as they should.
JAMES SIPE, Cape Girardeau