To the Editor:
The following is a copy of a letter sent to the Common Council and copied to the media by Paul Cantor and signed by several other Norwalk residents.
Dear Members of the Common Council:
The Oak Hills Park Authority is seeking your approval for a document euphemistically called a Master Plan that is really nothing more than a request for taxpayer subsidized loans to construct a large commercial driving range euphemistically called a golf learning center and upgrade the 18-hole golf course it manages.
Any money to upgrade the course should come from the user fees of those who play it and not from additional taxpayers subsidized loans. And as a lawyer hired by taxpayers pointed out in 1999 the zoning Regulations of the City of Norwalk do not permit a large commercial driving range at Oak Hills Park because its associated lights, noise and traffic would undermine the residential quality of the AAA zoned residential neighborhoods bordering the park.
Furthermore, recently many of you claimed that it was primarily out of concern for the traffic it would generate that you opposed the construction of a mosque on Fillow Street by the Al Madany Islamic Center. Hence, if you now agree to approve construction of a large commercial driving range whose very purpose is to generate traffic from golfers from surrounding communities as well as Norwalk your opposition to the mosque will be viewed as hypocritical.
In summary, by approving the OHPA’s plan to construct a large commercial driving range you will be disregarding the impact the traffic associated with it will have on the integrity of the AAA zoned residential neighborhoods bordering the park. And as a consequence you will be undermining Norwalk’s reputation as a city governed in the interest of all its citizens without favoritism toward or prejudice against any well- organized minority of them.
Therefore, we respectfully ask you to vote against the OHPA’s Master Plan and to call for a genuine Master Plan for Oak Hills Park that is drawn up with the participation of all Norwalk taxpayers.
Suzanne Ste. Therese