THE DISRUPTORS AND THEIR AGENDA – “A handful of individuals â€“ with the usual support of the disruptive CPS clowns â€“ working with a key officer of the Planning Commission to derail a 2-year effort to develop a basic set of land use regulations.”
Well, the shenanigans at the scheduled special meeting of the Planning & Zoning Commission continued the other night.
This special meeting was called to begin a series of working sessions to review new proposed Zoning Regulations. As explained by commission member Ken Goldsmith, the proposed zoning document does not change the townâ€™s current zoning for various uses, but does address the poor organization and chronic language gaps so as to improve the townâ€™s ability to enforce the rules already in place. Apparently, this enforcement problem has been highly problematic for many years according to current and former zoning enforcement officers Delia Fey and Terry Bellman because of the vague language of the current ordinance. Second, as explained by commission member Mr. Breen, the “Special Permit” structure is the only guide to commercial development in the town, and its requirements are so vaguely written, that the Planning Commission has little ability to manage growing and critical issues into the future relating to larger-scale commercial development projects.
Based on past discussion, the Woodstock Planning Commission recognized the need to upgrade its zoning regulations for many years, but chose first to revise its Subdivision Regulations, which guide residential development in the town. The new Subdivision Regulations continue and broaden the policy of setting aside conservation land in most residential developments in the town. Once these regulations were completed and enacted two years ago, the Planning Commission reassembled as a new commission after the last election and established its next most important priority – upgrading its Zoning Regulations as the â€œfoundationâ€? for managing land use in the town.
None of this was controversial until the other night, Read the rest of this entry »