To The Daily Sun,
A farm on Gunstock Hill Road, Timber Hill Farm, was recently given approval from the Gilford ZBA to hold catered commercial wedding venues, on conservation land, barely using their own food grown from their farm. This is in a Residential Zone and is in current use (this is a big tax break).
The Timber Hill Farm owners claim their events are "farm-to-table" and are an agriculture event.
The majority of the people on Gunstock Hill Road disagree with this opinion. Loud weddings with amplified music, increased traffic and alcohol should not be allowed in a residential neighborhood.
There has been a lot of controversy in Gilford about the definitions/meanings of agriculture and agritourism, and as a result, The Timber Hill Farm owners have petitioned to have two warrant articles on the Gilford town ballot. We need your help to defeat these warrant articles and to protect all Gilford residential districts.
Article 4 - Please vote "No."
If article 4 passes, the definition of "agritourism" will allow all sorts of commercial activities under that guise. Since "agriculture" is now permitted in all residential zones — not just on Gunstock Hill Road — "agritourism" and thus, any commercial activity could then be conducted in all residential zones. (This warrant article was not supported by the Planning Board.)
Article 5 — Please vote "No."
If Article 5 passes, it would change the zoning on over 250 acres on Gunstock Hill Road from Single Family Residential to Resort-Commercial, where any commercial activity would then be permitted not only now, but in the future. (This warrant article was not supported by the Planning Board.)
The Gilford Planning Board then stepped in to try and counter the harmful effects of the two petitioned warrant articles. The Planning Board proposed Warrant Articles 7 and 8.
Article 7- Please vote "Yes."
This article severely restricts the ability of any property owner to conduct commercial activities on residential property in the town under the guise of "agritourism."
Article 8 — Please vote "Yes."
This article would define "agritourism" restrictively, making it subject to our existing nuisance ordinance.
Please help to defeat Warrant Articles 4 and 5 and vote "No" and to protect the residential integrity of Gilford.
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