These are some harsh (and hollow) words.
Frankly, I think the whole development idea sucks. We should keep the land near the river as pristine as possible. It's already a clusterfuck down there anyway, but at least you don't have to look at some goddamn development every hundred yards yet.
There's my two cents.
I have to wonder how much you actually know about the South Main project. This is far from modern development. What is taking place in South Main is a way to "keep the land near the river as pristine as possible."
The Selby's bought this property out from under someone else who was going to prohibit public access to the river. With South Main people will know what will be build near the river and there will be public access to the river and all of the open space within South Main, there will be no surprises. As well, what you will see from the river is a bike path and one spectator area next to a play spot, you will not be looking into peoples back yards or at their decks built out over the river.
Don't forget the stretch of river that runs along the South Main boundary is within the town limits of BV. How pristine can a town run be? Creating higher density housing in town can allow for less development out of town where land should be pristine and untouched.
It has been pointed out in other comments that population growth is a reality. Don't you think that there is a need for developers who are taking a proactive stance to attempt to grow in a responsible manner?
I know that the Selby's have spent countless hours researching ways to grow in a responsible manner. I also know that they are two of the most open minded people that I have ever met and would listen to any constructive ideas that you might possess regarding a better way to grow. To say that the idea sucks and that you are opposed to it does nothing more than create friction. If you have any real ideas about how to grow in a more responsible manner then please post them, I know they will be read by people who care.
I also know that no matter how much you oppose development you will love to play at the sick playspots that are going to be created due to the South Main Project, specifically Katie's hard work in securing the GOCO grant.
Thats my fifty cents.