Saturday, February 10, 2007

That giant sucking sound

Conservatives in New Berlin like Matt Thomas and the New Berlin CRG (not to be confused with that other group) are raising questions about a new proposed development, a hotel/conference center/waterpark.

Now James Rowen also has some questions, and asks what happened to regionalism?

Located west of the Great Lakes basin boundary, the project will be sited in the political and geographic center of regional concerns - - at least I thought they were regional concerns - - about how best to manage job creation, water use, transit extensions and dwindling open space in southeastern Wisconsin and beyond.

The complex will require an estimated 1.1 million gallons of water per month, accelerating either New Berlin's effort to pipe Lake Michigan water to the Deer Creek site or putting additional pressure on regional wells.

Yet for all the talk in the greater Milwaukee area about the need for regional planning and decision-making, virtually none of the "Region First" lobby has suggested evaluating the project with regional benchmarks and goals.
I have a couple of questions myself. Given the water problems in the region, is this the best way to dispose of 1.1 million gallons of water per month? And what's the rush?