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Not in the park
With regards to the P&Z Commission’s decision not to grant KRSN a special use permit to put a radio antenna up in Loma Linda Park. I want to thank all the people who showed up to either support or oppose the decision. Lots of testimony was heard and both sides presented good cases. Contrary to what KRSN has said on the radio, everybody who wanted to speak was given an opportunity to speak. That is the law.
KRSN has a difficult task and I do not envy them. To find a suitable location for their antenna they have to balance a number of competing rules, regulations and priorities. The issue is, in my opinion, that specially preserved park land is not a suitable location for an antenna, a Starbucks, or any other commercial property. This is not simply a case of “not in my backyard,” this goes well beyond that.
In 1980, the county decided that enough was enough and set aside various lands, including Loma Linda Park, with a special status as “preserved.” The idea was specifically to prevent the building of anything on this land. Without this type of protection, many of our parks and open space in the town would be built upon. This is a choice Los Alamos made in 1980 and I think it’s a choice we should continue.
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