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Guest Column

November 11, 2012

The best-laid plans oft go astray

NEWS ALERT: Professional planner urges us to prepare now for the devastating effects of natural gas development in our county!!

The dialectic approach to reaching the predetermined conclusion that natural gas development must be banned in our county (or any other county or the state, for that matter) is not new. What was unique at the last county natural gas advisory committee (NGAC) meeting was that the trumpeter was a “prominent” professional planner who cloaked the justification for his message by creating a literally impossible scenario known as a “build-out analysis.”

He tells us that we must “prepare, or we will be preparing to fail.” It is obvious that his basis, context and dated research are all crafted to support his negative conclusion.

The presenter was Mr. Ted Fink – the green planner. If the name of his firm, “Greenplan,” isn’t enough to tip off his agenda, perhaps a few of his quotes from an interview with the Putnam County (N.Y.) News and Reporter might provide further insight into the his disregard for we, the great untrained proletariat land and business owner.

When referencing the special training he has as a professional planner, which enables him to possess a greater understanding of what constitutes the greater good, Fink states: “A planner is going to have a certain understanding of what represents good planning and what represents poor planning. … We’ve been trained to understand and see the consequences of poor planning and sometimes that is in conflict with the notion that everybody can do what they want with their property.”

He adds that “as a certified planner,” he recognizes that “there are people that I think don’t always have the community at heart – all they’re thinking about is their own selfish interests, unfortunately. But that’s understandable too, you know people that made an investment might’ve invested their life in their land and have certain expectations.”

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