I, too, had written a letter about 1-1⁄2 years or so ago regarding my opposition to any zoning changes for the proposed tiny houses. What disturbs me in particular is that there are many issues that are not being addressed and then resolved in the present time, in my opinon.

Walk the local area here in Rockland and notice we have many issues of houseowners and renters cramming all they can onto very small lots and not being particularly neat about it. Garbage cans overflow, equipment is left out, there is an abundance of parked cars and trucks in driveways and/or on lawns. Broken windows are unrepaired and covered with plastic. Buildings need normal upkeep.

Add to that our wonderful Main Street, which could use a boost in pedestrian crossing lights, as well as improved sidewalk surfaces. We’ve known for years that our beautiful-but-old downtown buildings could house owners and renters in newly created apartment or condo units but that first, outdated codes would need to be upgraded. Why not fix what is broken first?

We bought where we did because it was a peaceful and well-kept street. Not fancy, no big money, just people who had a basic respect for keeping their properties maintained. A source of pride, not an exhibition of wealth. Tiny houses on a series of large plots seem to work out. Most of us do not have large plots in Rockland. Tiny houses on limited plots where there is hardly room for the original family are a nightmare to a town trying to upgrade what presently exists. We had tenements by the harbor a long time ago and it was not a healthy, nor pretty, sight. If code enforcement officers can’t or won’t effectively monitor noncompliant landlords and renters now, why on earth would we open ourselves up to the issue of more houses on less land than we already have?

Strong pride and code enforcement are strong economic engines in a town; then add innovative ideas and concepts that do not diminish but expand upon the creation of a vibrant and thriving community. It is being done all over the United States in various communities. Just not here.

Judy Bicker, Rockland