Apr 1 2016 19483 1 PROTECTING WELLINGTONS EQUESTRIAN PRESERVE

Apr 1 2016 19483 1 PROTECTING WELLINGTONS EQUESTRIAN PRESERVE

The area defined as Wellington's Equestrian Preserve (in the vicinity of Pierson Rd. and Southshore Blvd.) has been the hottest, most divisive issue in local Wellington politics. On one side, we have a group that wants the equestrian area to be maintained in a largely non-commercial, rural character. On the other side, there is a group that has wanted to see (and has proposed) an Equestrian Village concept complete with hotel, other part time lodging and a small retail and food area geared to the equestrian clientele. Close to $2 million has been spent on this issue by the two sides in efforts to market to the public and to further the election of council members who support one side or the other. See map of the area presently zoned for the Equestrian Preserve.   

You can read more about the Equestrian Preserve and the action that Village Council has taken to date to create and protect this area. The website, WellingtonAlliance.org, is sponsored by the proponents of the Equestrian Preserve, but the information contained on the site is largely factual with respect to the terms and regulations surrounding its creation and maintenance. 

Click here to see a rendering of the Equestrian Village which was proposed at the northeast corner of Pierson Rd. and Southshore Blvd.]

[This below proposed addition to the Equestrian Preserve protections passed on March 15th as Amendment No. 3 to the Village Charter]. 

The next likely issue relating to the Equestrian Preserve is the attempted move to protect and codify the Equestrian Preserve by establishing it within the Wellington Village Charter. If the Equestrian Preserve is made part of and protected within the Village Charter it would require a community referendum and super-majority vote by the community to change its status. If that is the case, should the inclusion of the Equestrian Preserve in the Village Charter in the first place, also require and be subject to public referendum and super majority vote? Should the Equestrian Preserve Committee or other political bodies (including Village Council) be permitted to act to include the Equestrian Preserve as part of Wellington's Charter without public referendum?

There are likely upcoming issues on the Equestrian Preserve and its future status. The question is whether we respond to those issues through the people (Wellington residents) or permit the issue to be determined by small political bodies (appointed, elected or otherwise) with often pre-determined interests. 


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