Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Hailey, how do you want to grow?

I was thrilled to see the number of people that turned out to participate in last week's Hailey City Council meeting. Residents shared thoughtful questions and comments about the annexation proposal on the table. The evening presented a great example of how citizens can come together and weigh in on how we grow as a community.

The U.S. has the most participatory, most grassroots local land-use planning process in the world. Working for a community nonprofit group that promotes civic engagement, I'm heartened to see new people speaking up in public meetings and sending letters. Public involvement is crucial for shaping the future of our community.

On behalf of Citizens for Smart Growth, I want to encourage Hailey residents to get involved in planning for future growth in and around Hailey. For example, you can join efforts to update the city's long-term comprehensive plan, develop a master plan for the future of the Hailey airport site and support other actions to create a more sustainable community.

Nathan Welch

Executive director

Citizens for Smart Growth

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