To The Daily Sun,
Following a forum on workforce housing on Sept. 18, hosted by the Alton Business Association, concerned citizens will have a chance to hear another side of the issue on Sept. 25th with a second forum, also hosted by the Alton Business Association. Both forums are open to the public and begin at 6 p.m. at
the Gilman Museum in Alton.
Many citizens are understandably concerned and confused by terms like "Sustainable Communities Initiatives," "Granite State Future," "Fair Share Housing" and others that have become buzz words for unwelcome changes in towns all across the country. Learn what these terms mean, how workforce housing ties into the plan and how the federal government, using regional planning commissions with unelected officials is reshaping our towns, undermining our property rights and redefining how New Hampshire residents will live and work.
From Main Street to rural areas, these changes will affect everyone.
Sept. 25th's forum will feature several speakers. Ken Eyring will discuss the negative impacts of workforce housing, the programs that promote it, and the hidden costs to our communities. Mr. Eyring will explain how it is tied into other government programs that ultimately diminish property values and local control of planning and zoning.
State Rep. and Alton resident Jane Cormier will discuss the Lakes Region Planning Commission.
Ric Perreault, business owner and property owner in both Alton and Rochester, will discuss the impact of workforce housing in Rochester. Mrs. William French, journalist and resident of Alton and Littleton will briefly discuss workforce housing's impact on the town of Littleton. A question and answer period will follow.
Get involved, get informed, be there Sept. 25 and learn what can be done at the local level to restore and preserve our property rights under the U.S. and state constitutions. We hope our planning and zoning board members along with our town selectmen make the effort to attend.
Phil & Chris Wittmann