To The Daily Sun,
First, I need to tell everyone that although I am chair of the Sanbornton Planning Board, I am not representing the board in this letter. Although they may agree, I did not get their permission to speak for them. I speak as Evelyn Auger, who happens to serve on the board.
On Monday, Feb. 1, the Sanbornton Planning Board will be holding a public hearing on senior housing. Although folks in our town have expressed their support for senior housing for years, two failed attempts of projects to create this housing failed. After the last loss, a past Planning Board put an article in the warrant to remove senior housing from the town's zoning ordinances. The need, desire and support continued however, so the current Planning Board has prepared a new policy and we want to present it and answer your questions.
As the Planning Board is a "land use" board, we can work on many of the uses, sizes, etc. of the land and plan for senior housing. Unfortunately, the issue of financing always comes up in discussions of senior housing. The Planning Board can't tell someone buying land and building a house who or what financing they may or must use and we cannot do so with those building senior housing. It cannot put financial regulations in our zoning ordinances. So please read what we propose, question how and why we got there, for although we understand why everyone wants to control the financing it is not allowed.
Hope to see you Monday.
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