At the Sept. 20 town hall meeting, Modesto Mayor Garrad Marsh vocalized the logical solution for keeping Wood Colony out of urban development. He suggested the city enter a written agreement with the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors to leave the area zoned for agriculture in perpetuity. The agreement should preclude a future incorporated city of Salida from annexing Wood Colony.
Will Mayor Marsh draft an agreement and get his council to sign off then present the agreement to the Board of Supervisors for approval?
Some members of the Modesto City Council might oppose the proposal by advancing bogus excuses not to sign it. When the proposed agreement is presented, everyone will see who really has the best interests of the agricultural community at heart.
Mayor Marsh sincerely wants to protect agriculture. His actions have been misinterpreted as an effort to promote urban sprawl. He is right about the intentions of urban developers to take Wood Colony by any possible means. To head off potential future poor land use decisions, the best action is to get agreements in writing now.
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Bruce R. Frohman, Modesto