Petition article would abolish Peterborough Planning Board

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 10/7/2019 3:00:16 PM

Peterborough resident Christopher Maidment is circulating a petition article to abolish the Peterborough Planning Board and is soliciting Peterborough residents to sign it.

The petition would add the question: “Are you in favor of abolishing the planning board as proposed by petition of the voters of this town?” to the 2020 Town Meeting warrant. 

In an Oct. 4 online post on the Granite Grok, Maidment said he did not  believe the Planning Board was listening to the citizens of Peterborough.

“They have proposed ordinances that will restrict or remove your property rights.  They have used the law and protest petitions to stop citizen engagement in having their say,” he wrote. 

In the post, Maidment relayed the information provided by the Office of Strategic Initiatives on abolishing planning boards: such an act would “freeze existing ordinance as adopted at the next Town Meeting, those ordinances would remain in force as is for at most two years, at which time those ordinances would all be stricken.” In the same section, the OSI stresses that it does not recommend abolishing planning boards. 

Deputy Town Administrator Nicole MacStay said the town would research the correct procedure for such a measure if the town received a petition and the claims were determined to be valid. As of Monday, no petitioners had contacted the town offices about the issue.

MacStay said petitions for the 2020 Town Meeting agenda would be accepted through early 2020. The town had not yet set a specific deadline.

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