I would like to express my appreciation for the public service The Times provides in the Letters column. This forum provides an opportunity for healthy debate.
Through debate in The Times and in personal meetings, Santiago Ranch management has developed a new balanced plan that has gained local support.
Development objectives will be balanced with environmental concerns of the community. Density increases will not be sought to reduce mass grading. Grading will provide topographical variation to achieve a "natural" look. About 90% of the oak woodland will be preserved.
An interim sand and gravel use will provide a local source of much-needed road base aggregates. Development will be deferred until several road improvements are completed.