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We'll monitor Planning Board's commercial use criteria exam

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To the editor,

On behalf of the Moultonborough Committee For Zoning Integrity (CFZI), I would like to thank the 428 voters who supported Article 9 to eliminate special exceptions at the Town election. While the Committee’s objective is to end abusive spot zoning in Moultonborough and viewed the elimination of special exceptions as the best way to accomplish this goal, in light of the vote, the committee will continue to carefully observe the actions of Moultonborough’s ...

To the editor,

On behalf of the Moultonborough Committee For Zoning Integrity (CFZI), I would like to thank the 428 voters who supported Article 9 to eliminate special exceptions at the Town election. While the Committee’s objective is to end abusive spot zoning in Moultonborough and viewed the elimination of special exceptions as the best way to accomplish this goal, in light of the vote, the committee will continue to carefully observe the actions of Moultonborough’s land use boards. In particular, CFZA will monitor the Planning Board’s commitment to what they described as their priorities:

“Ranking as a top priority is a review of the zoning ordinances table of uses in Article VI (c) and the subsequent development of more specific criteria for certain identified commercial uses that would be permitted by special exception in the Residential/Agricultural Zone…”

We sincerely hope that in drafting changes to the Zoning Ordinance that the Planning Board’s proposed amendments will be consistent with Article I of the Zoning Ordinance, that provides that: “… The ordinance is designed to take into account the impacts of land uses and to impose limitations on uses of land for the protection of the environment, the natural resources and the rural qualities of Moultonborough. The ordinance is further intended to promote health, safety, economic and social well-being, convenience, prosperity, and general welfare; it is intended to lessen congestion in the streets, to secure safety from fires and other dangers, to provide adequate light and air, to prevent overcrowding of land, and to avoid undue concentration of population and to facilitate the adequate provision of transportation, solid waste facilities, water, sewerage, schools, parks and to encourage proper use of natural resources. The ordinance is also intended to minimize the impact of potentially incompatible uses with particular consideration given to the character of the area as well as an effort to conserve the value of buildings, to promote good civic design and the wise and efficient expenditure of public funds.” (emphasis added)

We invite interested Moultonborough citizens to join the committee. To obtain more information, please address inquiries to: CFZI, PO Box 471, Moultonborough, NH 03254-0471 or e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Eric Taussig

Moultonborough