To the Editor:
I read with great concern that some folks in Page County oppose the Cape solar project. After you wade through the blatant lies and misinformation that are being spread, it seems to come down to basically one issue — some people don’t like the way it looks, and they have extrapolated (falsely) that therefore no one likes [solar farms] and they will somehow negatively damage our community.
No one owns their property view. Once the county starts telling farmers and landowners they can no longer sell or develop their property because it “changes the view,” they are engaging in a kind of “taking”. If the county restricts a property owner’s right to sell or develop their land because it “messes up the view,” that means no more new subdivisions, or chicken houses, no Amazon distribution centers, no new anything… because someone will object and claim it’s incongruent with our community and disturbs their view.
We are also going against the new Virginia administration’s (Governor Youngkin’s) drive to bring new industry and development to the state. If we can’t have solar (or anything) because some people don’t like the way it looks, we are taking away the rights of all property owners, and stymying progress in our county.
Solar energy generated here doesn’t stay solely in Page County in the same way chickens and Wrangler jeans produced here don’t stay here.
Stop letting blatant short-sighted nimbyism [not in my backyard] dictate what farmers can do with their land. It’s hard enough to hold onto these small farms these days without this interference.
Susan Corbett ~ Stanley, Va.
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