Breen rewrote the subdivision regs for residential projects. The Academy project comes under the Zoning regulations as a nonresidential “special permit” application. Goldsmith re-wrote the zoning regs to put some teeth in them, and Dottie Durst, Ed Higgins and the RTC publicized a phony conspiracy theory to defeat them as an election issue. Refinements since the election consist of a lot of wordsmithing at an administrative level directed by Delia Fey and thats about it. The basic flaw is still there – the special permit process which controls all nonresidential development in the town essentially has no concrete, specific standards and is therefore not really enforceable. This is essentially an illegal zoning program called “spot zoning” with the rules essentially devised after the fact on a case by case basis. Hardly anyone on the PZC – or the town planner – even understands this. The exceptions are Dexter Young, Fred Rich, former PZC chair Ed Higgins and the boys at CME. Its basically a plan for the farmers, who own the land, and CME, that processes all the applications and does all the engineeering work, to get rich developing the town without any zoning.