Here in Sussex County , Delaware we have a county council. And on that council we have a councilwoman by the name Joan Deaver. Mrs. Deaver is a well know activist for the environment and against developement.
While I may share some of her concerns about the direction the county was headed in during the boom and certainly these concerns will return after the bust. But I must admit that she seems to show a lack of forethought when discussing things she would do to protect the county’s natural resources.
Recently she has become a regular Tuesday morning segment on the Dan Gaffney show on local talk radio station WGMD. The councilwoman comes in and discusses issues facing the county. This segment began on the morning she came in to apologize for her action at county council where she suggested changing the word Easter to spring on the county council calendar.
In one segment she made the statement that it was her job to spend our money. As you can imagine that one didn’t go over to well.
In her last visit to Dan’s show she was talking about the need for proper infrastructure before developments are approved. Now this is one of those things that on principle I may agree with Mrs. Deaver. Though I’m not sure that adding to infrastructure before there is a need is plausible.
The thing that really jumped out at me though was the statement Mrs. Deaver made about trees. She says that there should be no clear cutting of trees to allow for developments. She went on to say that there could be an ordinance put into place that would require that for every tree cut down , two must be planted. Sounds good right?
Okay the devil is in the details though. Would her ordinance apply only to large developments or to any construction requiring the cutting of trees ?And imagine if you will, I buy a two or three acre lot that has say, two hundred trees on it. I want to cut down one hundred and fifty of those trees to build my home. According to Mrs. Deaver I must now find the space on “MY” property to plant three hundred trees. Okay maybe I never took enough math and physics, but please tell me how I am going to fit twice as many trees and a home into a space that I need to clear to put the home up in the first place? Oh, and by the way what would constitute a tree. Would they only be considered a tree if over a certain height, and who gets to determine that height, and who gets to come out to every lot and development and decide what is and isn’t a tree? Well the government of course.
This demonstrates Mrs. Deaver’s agenda of no development. This one ordinance could stop most if not all growth in the county and while I feel that we were growing to fast with little thought of the future , it is dangerous to try and restrict all growth.
Now thank goodness we have others on the county council with level heads and it is un-likely that such a ordenance would ever get passed . But let this be a message to those in Mrs. Deaver’s district of who she really is when it comes to regulating private property rights.