By MICHAEL KITCH, LACONIA DAILY SUN
LACONIA — Suzanne Perley, the secretary of the Zoning Board of Adjustment and chairman of the Zoning Task Force, was named "Citizen Planner of the Year" by the New Hampshire Planners Association at its annual spring conference earlier this month.
Shanna Saunders, the former city planner who serves as president of the association, nominated Perley for the award, citing not only the role she has played in the planning process but also her contributions role in the planning process but also her contributions to other civic initiatives
As chairman of the Zoning Task Force, Perley was the chief architect of an ordinance permitting the keeping of backyard chickens, which ultimately failed, as well as the ordinance regulating the the use of electronic signs. She also undertook the spadework to prepare an ordinance to accommodate a medicinal marijuana dispensary should in the event one of the franchises chose to operate in the city.
Perley is also a member of the Master Plan Advisory Team and, Saunders said, has been a keen, able editor of the draft chapters as they are written.
Along with participating in the planning process, Perley is active in the Lake Opechee Association, which controls the growth of milfoil, serves as treasurer of the WOW Trail committee and business manager of the Bayside and Union cemeteries and a member of the Opechee Garden Club.
"She is a very busy lady," her husband John remarked, "but, she enjoys every thing she does and sometimes even comes home."
Suzanne Perley, left, who chairs the Zoning Task Force and serves on the Zoning Board of Adjustment in Laconia, was presented with the Citizen Planner of Year Award by the New Hampshire Planners Association. Shanna Saunders, right, former Laconia city planner and president of the association, nominated Perley and presented the award. (Courtesy photo)
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