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1/7/2010 9:06:00 AM
Letter: Steve Block hit the nail squarely on the head


Following is this quote from the guest editorial by Steve Block, a former long-term Cottonwood Planning and Zoning Commission member: “Of marginal significance or completely irrelevant are issues of religion, culture, patriotism, economic development, property tax status, world peace, paganism, consciousness raising and spirituality. This is a land use issue, plain and simple. P&Z’s job is to properly condition the use permit, if possible, to minimize and preferably eliminate the negative impacts caused by that use. Most importantly, P&Z needs to square up to this simple fact: the applicant’s current use of the land is clearly incompatible with the zoning. The best course of action now is for P&Z to yank the conditional use permit and enforce a legally binding cease-and-desist. The only justification commissioners need is the self-evident incompatibility of the use with the zoning. Then, and only when the current use is discontinued and the big statue is down, consider an application for an entirely new conditional use permit. Require the applicants to provide a complete master plan for the parcel, and then subject that to proper scrutiny for appropriateness and compatibility with the zoning code. If and when a new conditional use permit is granted, make it for a maximum of one year, and deny any further changes until that year is up. Don’t allow the use to incrementally creep out-of-control, like it is now.”

Three cheers for his views.

As I said in a previous letter, the peace park idea is fine as long as you keep other beliefs out of it. I’m a Christian, and if this park had been created as a Christian park there would have been an uproar, and the P&Z probably would never had let this get so out of hand because we would be imposing our belief system on others who may not share them.

That aside, I’m not really interested in Korean beliefs, or views regarding our town, anymore than I would be interested in Sedona dictating what goes on here. Let’s face the fact that the Planning and Zoning Commission, and the City of Cottonwood blew this one from the word go.

I read in the Independent that the next meeting on this issue will be at the Mingus Union High School auditorium on Jan. 21 at 6 p.m. I sure plan to be there.

The article also indicated that the Tao Fellowship was concerned that the SEDONA Mago Earth Park officials might not be able to attend. Why? Is it because they aren’t from this area? Of course. Too bad. If they had cared about the people here to begin with, they could have found out just how people felt. I read each and every letter in the newspaper, and the greatest majority are against this.

To the Planning and Zoning Commission: Keep the date as set on January 21st and whoever cares to show up will be there. And, if you let this travesty go on and continue to “blow it”, I surely will work to ensure the “pro” commissioners are not reelected.

You are elected to represent the interests of the people of the City of Cottonwood, and it seems to me the people have spoken. Do your jobs!

Revoke that conditional permit, let the Tao Fellowship people start over, and this time let the commission handle the situation responsibly. And also in doing so, rid us of that hideous, huge monstrosity of a statue.

Dave Woehning


Taylor Waste
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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, January 14, 2010
Article comment by: John Dale

Did the mayor know the statue did not have proper permit? CBS, NBC, ABC, Fox, Forbes, NY Post, Glamour, and CNN. Basically every major news media reported this organization is a cult and the mayor spoke publicly to honor this cult leader? What's up with the mayor? Doesn't she watch CNN? It aired 3 straight days! And just read all the cult members posting comments. This is worse than Scientology!

Posted: Thursday, January 14, 2010
Article comment by: Where is the Mayor?????

How come the last time the mayor spoke publicly was to honor Mr. Lee and his statue? Does anyone know her personally? Is she feeling O.K.?

Posted: Thursday, January 14, 2010
Article comment by: naja

CNN brought it to light! Their lawyers say they are a business.

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