Many thanks to Mike McIntosh for his words of wisdom in the Rockford Squire regarding changes near the downtown area of Rockford with the closing of the tannery and possible rezoning of a portion of north Main Street. The Rockford Planning Commission certainly has many tough decisions to make as it shapes the future of our fair city.
My husband and I have lived close to downtown Rockford for 34 years. We have raised our children in Rockford and have always loved its small-town ambiance. Our children now walk their children through the city, on the trails, and to the shops in town. We absolutely love Rockford and have always tried to support the merchants of Rockford. I know that Planning Commission will do its best to ensure that Rockford will maintain its small-town character as it moves into the 21st century. It appears at times that the merchants and the residents often do not see eye-to-eye on the future development of the area near downtown Rockford. I find this curious; and I suspect that these conflicting desires weigh heavily on the minds of those on the Planning Commission.
Mr. McIntosh is correct that now is the opportune time for the Planning Commission to explore all the options and to think “outside the box” as it develops a vision for the future of Rockford. I support Mr. McIntosh’s request that the Planning Commission take the time to carefully review the Master Plan and examine the opportunities available, since decisions made now will shape the future of our town.