More evidence needed before ZBA approval
The Zoning Board of Appeals made some important decisions last month (April 17th) based on verbal assurances from the developers. ...The skyline of our city is at stake, the protection of neighbors from catastrophe and the potential of wind energy to be a key part of the future economy of our city. Both our architectural legacy and wind energy are among the most important assets that we own as a city and that we share with each other. They are, in a sense, like our commons. We should have proof, before we give them away, that they will be used to their best advantage.
May 9, 2008
by Jeff Carpenter
in The Herald News
The Zoning Board of Appeals made some important decisions last month (April 17th) based on verbal assurances from the developers.
Asking for a verbal assurance from the developer is like asking the stranger with his car door open if he's really going to take you home. It's smart to have proof before you sign on. With the ZBA this should take the form of a document from the appropriate authority.
The ZBA members felt they could skip this for a range of issues, from sewage up to 350-foot tall wind turbines in a busy part of the city.
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