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Editorial: Tao Fellowship made wise decision in abiding by city directive

Let’s give credit where it’s due.

Late Tuesday, officials from the Tao Fellowship/Mago Earth Park told The Verde Independent they will not appeal the Jan. 25 Cottonwood Planning and Zoning Commission to the City Council. Further, they confirmed they will remove their controversial 50-foot Mago Mother Earth statue by the city’s Feb. 24 deadline.

“We want to move forward and comply with the commission’s stipulation within the time schedule,” said Tao Fellowship spokesperson Jennifer Sing.

That’s a wise decision. This issue has been the ultimate black-eye for both the Tao Fellowship and the City of Cottonwood. It’s created about the biggest community uproar Cottonwood has ever seen.

Now, though, it’s time for all parties to move forward.

What’s needed from the folks from the Tao Fellowship is a clearly articulated plan of exactly how they want their frontage property at the intersection of State Route 89A and Bill Gray Road developed.

The City of Cottonwood needs to continue its good communication with the community on how it will process the Tao Fellowship’s development plans. Likewise, the city needs to once again plan accordingly for the venue in which it hears development proposals from the Tao Fellowship. The Mingus Union High School auditorium was the perfect choice to allow the huge number of people interested in attending the Jan. 25 meeting.

Finally, the community needs to continue to voice its concerns about this development in a civil and polite manner. We all need to realize and understand that the Tao Fellowship/Mago Earth Park is the property owner and they should be allowed to develop their property. We all can do a better job of putting cultural and religious differences aside and treating each other with more respect and courtesy.

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