Published DateTo the editor,
As landowners on the Tenney Mountain Highway in Plymouth, we have closely watched the permitting process for development, in particular the piece of land where a McDonalds and a bank are now being built. We have watched both the Zoning and Planning Board work very hard over the years to ensure that all regulations and laws have been correctly followed during a very complicated and lengthy permitting process and we watched as their decisions were consistently upheld by lower courts and by the state Supreme Court.
We are now very concerned that the same group that challenged and lost the 2007/2008 proposed Lowe's development, that cost the town almost $100,000 in litigation fees, have put forth three zoning amendments which target further development on the site. This group calling themselves Citizens for Clean Water, Flood Preparedness, and the Master Plan contend that Plymouth's Environmentally Sensitive Zone (ESZ) is no longer protected and they have petitioned three zoning amendments to "restore protection". No restoration is needed! The zoning and planning boards are already following the master plan with a balanced common sense approach that is pro-environment and pro-commerce.
We urge you to vote no on Article 2, 3, and 4. The Town of Plymouth is already ensuring that clean water, commercial growth and the ESZ coexist!
Tracey & Dick Burhoe