Nimby (N.I.M.B.Y.) is the acronym quickly taught to all new supervisors and planning professionals as the broad brush often, but not always, used to dismiss valid community concerns which do not fit their agenda.
Issues of possibly dangerous, incompatible, intrusive, and unsustainable development are thus summarily dismissed by name calling. NIMBY. I heard it a lot during my three years as District One Planning Commissioner but March 25 was the first time I was ever called one.
To my inquiry concerning the inadvisability of locating a proposed OHV (Off Road Vehicle) Park at historic Black Hawk Mountain, one of the “Gang of Five” said, effectively, that green sticker money is a California thing. And that it has nothing to do with local tax issues. They said it was a “not in my backyard” issue, and that people need to stand up on a fact-based issue, and not use any tricks to try and change minds.
There it was, the NIMBY name calling which substitutes for thoughtful discourse when the controlling party cannot muster the facts to support their argument. From what I have seen, there has been no official public notification or input on this major project, its location or purchase by Madera County. No adjacent property owners were notified.
There is yet to be an appraisal of the property which may be grossly overpriced for the area, and so far no available environmental report. Perhaps most importantly, there is no business plan. Heck, even the failed Grizzly Stadium and Granite Park projects in Fresno had business plans.
While there are many others whose concerns for Black Hawk Mountain are in the areas of Native American heritage, environmental, school safety, fire and security, my personal position is regarding the financial inadvisability.
Madera County spending temporary (state grant) money on getting into what may be a significant permanent taxpayer expense (without a business plan) is financially irresponsible. I do find it curious that none of the counties surrounding Madera have any interest in accepting this “opportunity” from the state. Maybe they have a business plan model to guide them?
I know what a NIMBY is and, alas Mr. Supervisor, I do not qualify. I have had an adjacent neighbor’s private motorcycle track ‘in our back yard’ for over a decade without incident or complaint. When one resorts to name calling, one has already lost the argument.
Public servants should at least try to be both forthright and forthcoming.