A plea from Falmouth’s silent majority: We oppose the unwanted, reckless changes made in 2013-2016 to the town’s land-use policies. Our town’s cherished, peaceful rural character will be a memory and our taxes will skyrocket because of the potent new incentives for accelerated growth and high-density development.

New high-density “growth districts” surrounding new mixed-use “town centers” were created without a hint of resident consent. Inevitably, these new urbanized areas will create a city mouse/country mouse dichotomy and chronic political discord.

The changes were imposed despite surveys showing delight with the town and its rural character, and a consistent history of resident opposition to high-density projects.

No school, traffic, emergency services, or environmental impact studies were conducted to expose unintended consequences of these changes – even though these infrastructure items are already under stress.

Who benefits from these high-density, hyper-growth policies? Not the families who “bet it all” on Falmouth, those whose neighborhoods are being despoiled and whose taxes will be driving them out of the homes they love.

Silence is being falsely perceived as consent. Please speak out at the Growth and Density Forum at 7 p.m. on March 28 at Falmouth Elementary School, and by email to the Town Council.

Robert D. King