There’s no rush for planning board
To the editor:
I was greatly dismayed to read in the Ledger-Transcript that the planning board, after a bare minimum of hearings and opportunity for public comment, has voted out a controversial ordinance which will have a significant impact on property owners in Peterborough’s rural district.
I stopped by the planning office today to ask to see a copy of the plan and was informed that a written version of the final amendment was not yet available. As we don’t even vote on articles of this nature until next May, my question to the planning board is simple — what’s the rush?
For many of the hard-working residents of our town, the fall is the busiest season of the year. Between foliage visitors, back-to-school tasks, and other important business and personal obligations, it is easy to understand how such a sweeping change to our local zoning could escape the notice of many long-time residents and taxpayers who may be significantly affected. But it is hard to understand why the board would choose to finalize this ambitious proposal in October without ensuring that every opportunity has been given for all stakeholders to weigh in on the plan and suggest additional amendments to improve it.
This is an error that can and should be corrected. Planning board members need only to convene a meeting to move reconsideration of their action. This will allow for additional public airing of the proposal prior to moving it on to next May’s ballot.