What sort of jurisdiction does P&Z have with regard to funding? Can P&Z require a surety bond in order to guarantee proper completion of the project? Such a bond would seem to require a budget for the project in order to come up with a reasonable amount for that bond. JK
October 15, 2008
Dr. Gail Dickinson
Chair, Woodstock Planning and Zoning Commission
415 Route 169
Woodstock, CT 06281
Dear Chairman Dickinson and Commissioners,
Thank you for your service on this commission, and for your efforts in support of your mission “to manage development in a responsible manner in order to protect the public health and safety of the town’s citizens, as well as the environment, natural resources and character of the Town, and to further the goals of the Woodstock Plan of Conservation and Development.”
For the record, I speak as a private citizen, not as a member of WBOE. Also, for the record, as I have stated publicly in the past, I endorse athletics as part of a balanced program for students’ whole development. I support athletic field expansion for Academy students, in concept, IF pursued in a manner which (1) is financially and environmentally responsible, (2) does not displace funding for academic priorities at the Academy or in the K- 8 system, (3) reflects restraint and good judgment by developing only those fields/facilities providing capacity which cannot otherwise be met in existing fields or other community fields, (4) is appropriate in scale to its surroundings, and (5) does not otherwise materially adversely impact its surroundings.
With regard to your consideration of the proposed Bentley complex expansion, and in furtherance of your mission and of the 11 criteria required for a Special Use Permit, I respectfully request the following:
1. All materials relating to the prior application be carried over and entered as part of the record for this current application, including my letters submitted to PZC dated May 12, 2008 (concerning the costs, funding, and impact on tuition and Woodstock’s taxpayers) and June 17, 2008 (concerning conditions to reduce negative impacts on the historic district and the town of Woodstock as a whole). These letters are attached.
2. All Condition for Approval, as submitted in draft form by Syd Blodgett on July 17, 2008, and as submitted in draft form by Jeff Gordon on August 12, 2008, be given careful consideration and adopted as Conditions for Approval of the application. These documents are attached.