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Form Base Code would come at expense of private property rights

To the editor,
Laconia Planning Director Shanna Saunders calls the $50,000 grant for the "storytelling" development "our storytelling grant" — A grant awarded to the city by the New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority to fund the development of architectural standards for downtown and The Weirs.
The stakeholders are the Ironwood Design Group,LLC of Exeter and Sheer McCrystal Paison Architecture Inc. of New London.
FBC, meaning Form Base Code, is a departure from conventional zoning. FBC zoning defines a one block parcel and is a method to REGULATE the development of buildings, floor areas, car free movement, garden city, new urbanism, settlement growth, smart growth, and transition towns.
At a minimum, a form base code, written to enable or preserve a specific urban form, consists of a building form, and public spaces, standards keyed to a REGULATORY plan. An urban design is the intention or goal; the form base code is the regulatory tool to achieve it. FBS is a tool to provide local government the regulatory means to achieve development objectives with greater certainty, bypassing local ZBA authority and the board of selectman and elected officials.
Ironwood Design Group is all about landscape architecture, urban design, and environmental plans for someone else's property. This group is affiliated with Plan NH — Granite State Future. Stakeholders like this company profit by using this FBC, whose focus is primarily on regulating (the word of worry) urban form and less on land use. This will infringe on our personal property rights and is unconstitutional, as stated in Art. 2 — Natural Rights, in the N.H. Bill of Rights! Regulate, my worry word means, "to control or direct by a rule, principle,or method, to adjust in accordance with some standard or requirement."
Form-based-codes include: architectural standards — these are regulations controlling external architectural materials and quality; landscaping standards — regulations controlling landscape design, and plant materials on private property as they impact public spaces; regulations about parking lot screening and shading, maintaining sight lines, ensuring unobstructed pedestrian movements; signage standards — regulations controlling allowable signage sizes, materials, illumination and placement; environmental resource standards — regulations controlling issues such as storm water drainage and infiltration,development on slopes, tree protection and solar access; annotation — text and illustrations explaining the intentions of specific code provisions.
Once you lose development rights, you have essentially lost control of your property, no matter what the people or the local government proclaim. Only you are responsible for the property taxes, and your land use is regulated!
Development rights to one's property are infringed by obeying shifting regulations and enhanced "best practices mandated by the new development rights' holder.
Please research form base code and refuse this grab by people who are out to make money and could care less about the individual. I love the Weirs and its antiquity and style, do not change the view or be regulated into this ruse to control your individual rights and behavior! The city of Dover and town of Strafford, have FBS and are unhappy with the regulations! They were duped by conversations with only the input of a minority of people, and without a majority of the voting public. Beware of these "listening sessions employed by Plan NH and NH Listens, using the Delphi Technique to obtain an already written agenda, while giving the public the illusion that they created the issues!
Does the Planning Director know about this devious and unethical method of stealing the residents right to regulate their own property? The residents of Laconia need to ask and obtain the knowledge about FBC and go to the Granite State Futures web site and learn about how the Lakes Region Planning Commission is involved in our everyday behaviors, and is planning to change us and our liberties as property owners and citizens. Another point of interest is that the nine regional planning commissions are unelected people, who are trying to change our great state of N.H.
We also need to be aware of grants associated with the HUD-1044 grant instrument, and the strings attached, and any other grant that gives the illusion of "storytelling". Research the Orton Family Foundation.
Rosemary Landry

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 May 2013 12:12

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Most gun crimes committed in cities Dems have long controlled

To the editor,
Saturday's letters included another misinformation piece by James's Veverka, this time concerning my supposed objection to background checks on firearms purchases. For the record I am not against background checks. I am against background checks run by the the liberal, anti-gun left, who's objective is to gut our 2nd Amendment and confiscate and outlaw the private citizens' rights. James gives a clutter of statistics of which I will not endeavor to challenge because they are insignificant to the point.
The point is that we need to address the cause of the problem, criminals and crazies. It is our liberal leaders who are blocking any sound, sane, constitutionally-legal approach to the problem. They are playing politics and hiding behind their accustomed politically correct shields. These liberals refuse to even consider any ideas such as armed security guards in our schools to protect our children. They refuse to consider making mental health records available to the instant check system siting privacy concerns. No, they choose to continue to attack our law abiding gun owners and our Constitution. So James, check your own house before you throw more stones.
It's a fact that most gun crimes are committed in cites like Chicago, Detroit, L.A., New Orleans and so on. The common factor is these are cities and states where liberal Democrats have had decades of control with among the strongest gun control laws in the nation. Yet James supports these political leaders and their policy's in blind obedience regardless of the decades of failure, suffering and injustice they create.
Criminals, by the way, do not get their guns at gun shows or gun stores, they steal them or get them from family members. Only about 1.5 percent come from legal purchases.
Regarding the supposed gun running from outside states without checks, it's at best all guess work, as no hard reliable numbers are available. And remember the biggest gun running scandal since Iran Contra has been Fast and Furious run by Eric Holder. Our liberal Attorney General has also declined to prosecute all but 44 attempted illegal purchases caught by the instant check system.
No James, you and your liberal friends need to start trying to take care of our at risk children rather then taking advantage of them after it's to late.
Steve Earle

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 May 2013 12:05

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The SB-2 deliberative session is not at all like town meeting

To the editor,
Over the last week I have had the opportunity to speak with several residents who supported SB-2. After a brief, open and honest discussion of the pros and cons of both Town Meeting and SB-2 also known as RSA 40:13, I was horrified to discover how misinformed these people were on the matters of SB-2. I was told they were voting for SB-2 because they WANTED to keep Town Meeting! They understood the "deliberative session" in the SB-2 process to be the same thing as Town Meeting. There is nothing further from the truth!
SB-2's deliberative session is more like our current budget hearing, where we can expect between 35 – 50 people (the current year's attendance in surrounding SB-2 towns) to listen to the presentation of the Budget Committee and selectmen for the budget and warrant articles. Then at this meeting by majority vote of those in attendance everything is subject to change. Any article/warrant can and will change by the vote of those few people, even fewer than at Town Meeting. This will be the undoing of the 10+ months of work by those elected officials. A month following this deliberative session the voting of all issues and elected officials will happen in the voting booth, with "no opportunity" to ask questions regarding the meaning of any item.
Please make sure you understand for yourself the consequences of your vote. Make sure you get the facts! Don't vote for it because someone tells you the "deliberative session" is Town Meeting or is like Town Meeting, because IT IS NOT!
It may be time for us as a town to look at the options available to us in regards to governing; SB-2 is not the only alternative. It would make better sense to study all the options, as they did in Hillsboro, see what would be best for Sanbornton, and not just replace what we have with something broken. (One local town's default SB-2 budget was larger than the proposed current year budget. How do taxes decrease that way!)
Please do your homework and Vote NO to article 1, regarding SB-2, RSA 40:13. At Town Meeting ask for a study committee to review all the options.
Selectman Karen Ober

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 May 2013 12:02

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Nickerson has served Sanbornton well, let's keep him in office

To the editor,
Dave Nickerson has served the town of Sanbornton for the past six years as a dedicated selectmen. It would seem that Dave is on the job 24/7, as he is always aware of all the activities the town employees are engaged in. He also continuously solicits the opinion and comments of all town residents. I have found Dave to be very open and responsive to all questions and the concerns and never hesitant to express his views.
Lets keep this knowledgeable dedicated selectmen for another term as one of our selectmen.
Vote for Dave Nickerson on election day, May 14th.
Bill Whalen

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 May 2013 11:53

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Where was outrage about what N.H. state senators did right here?

To the editor,
An awful lot of people are writing letters and buying commercial time to chastise Kelly Ayotte over her vote on extended background checks. The first thing I thought of was, "Where's the outrage over what our state senators and representatives did to ignore us right here?"
Hundreds of voters and tax-payers packed the statehouse in Concord in February in support of HB-580, a moratorium on new energy facilities. The small handful of opponents were either non-residents or those in a position to make money from these projects. This bill and every other one in the house regarding reigning in the corporate rights to ruin our natural resources was tabled by the Science, Energy and Technology Committee — essentially doing nothing to protect our rights.
Dozens of us drove to Concord again in March when there was a public hearing on SB-99, another call for a moratorium, in the Energy & Natural Resources Committee. After most of us left the room because they moved on to another bill, the bill was revisited, amended (stripped) and voted on. The bill was changed from a moratorium on new, elective energy projects to a call for the SEC to review their process.
But it's not dead yet. Please contact your state house rep and ask them to vote in favor of SB-99. Let them know we're disappointed in how our concerns for the energy future and preservation of our natural resources has been discounted by them so far this legislative year but they can find some redemption by doing the right thing now on SB-99.
Cindy Kudlik

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 May 2013 11:51

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