Dr. Gordon -
Your response is highly confused, and ignores the main issue you were asked to address, which is the fundamental flaw in the town’s commercial zoning scheme.
As repeatedly pointed out, the basic problem is the “Special Permit” process which controls all commercial development in town. The Special Permit standards are vague; rarely and selectively enforced; and no special permit has ever been denied. As a consequence, if the town asserts the authority to deny a commercial application, this is an illegal “Spot Zoning” scheme. Alternatively, if the town does not assert the authority to deny a commercial application, then it is, in fact, “Build Anything Anywhere”. This is not an “attitude” – it is the commercial zoning scheme codified in the town’s zoning regulations. Are you denying this?
The attempt by Goldsmith to address this problem was undermined by Dottie Durst, Dan Very and Ed Higgins in a campaign based on falsehoods that elected you to the PZC. Your repeated efforts to distance yourself from this campaign – after benefitting from it – are simply disingenuous.
The conclusion is obvious – the Woodstock Republican Party put this scheme into place and has kept it there becasue they do no want any commercial zoning in the town. Rather than evading the issue by attacking the motivations of those raising it, as the RTC did in the last election, or repeating your extended, vague laundry list of objectives you are “working on”; I hope that you can address the problem of the town’s flawed commercial zoning code directly and on the merits.