please help to stop the destruction o...

please help to stop the destruction of wetlands)

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Sandston Homeowner

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#1 Dec 26, 2007
It appears Liberty Homes is pushing ahead with plans to annex and develop residential homes on a small parcel of land historically known as protected WETLANDS. The construction site sits amid the bottoms and or lowlands of several terraced-homes on Seven Pines Avenue known as Woodlawn Terrace. Among concerns about flooding and habitat loss, Liberty Homes started clear cutting WETLANDS on Defense Avenue in Sandston, VA 23150, Dec.2007.

Were the property owner and his partners given special treatment, allowing their project to move forward because the property owner is an attorney? Builders have NOT fully contemplated certain critical development concerns such as over growth, parking, increased traffic flow, storm water run off. Has an environmental analysis been conducted? Has adequate attention been given to the increased risk of flooding? Flooding and habitat loss are only two of the main issues that must be addressed…

Nine years ago we purchased our home on Seven Pines Avenue in Sandston, the seller, real-estate agents, and neighbors alike identified the heavily wooded parcel of land behind our home as protected WETLANDS.“Beautiful WETLANDS that have been undisturbed for more than fifty years.” The tall trees provide shade and a cool breeze from the hot summer sun, a sound barrier from Interstate 64 traffic, wildlife habitats, and privacy that has thus far always been protected from development.

We oppose any expansion west of Defense Avenue in that such a project undermines the viability of an existing wildlife habitat and conservation plan.
To make matters worse, we’re worried that in addition to over developing our old 1940’s neighborhood with new home construction, it’s far too easy for developers to destroy WETLANDS and flood adjacent properties while being perceived as just another cost of doing business. The developers are about to destroy the beautiful neighborhood, when it's totally unnecessary, and they're trying to do it in an active flood basin, of all places!

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