To The Daily Sun,
Local control. How can that not be the best answer for a community? It is true for ANY community, but I'm particularly thinking about OUR beautiful, educated, informed, small, involved community. What can possibly make a reasonable person believe that a centralized forum would reach a "better" answer than we could locally? They wouldn't. Children are best served with parents who care about them and take responsibility to raise them. Schools are best served when the local residents are involved in guidelines for schools and set parameters for education. Local towns are best served when the local organizations are vibrant, have input from citizens, and work together with local townspeople to deliver the best government for their residents.
Planning boards are key to the development of a town. The local planning boards are in tune with the local population and can best provide a positive direction for the evolution of a town.
Why would we think that a centralized process would be better? It certainly won't be cheaper, and it's not likely to be more aligned with our town values. What's the incentive? The incentive is to control and to take our resources. "Centralized Planning". Planning is difficult enough. The only reason someone outside wants to plan "for" is to control us.
Watch out for the rhetoric around centralized processes. Jane Cormier (R, State Representative) is articulating the details around the regional planning boards and their drive to usurp our local control. Take a look at what she is doing and think about it. She has my support!