To The Daily Sun,
An open letter to the Laconia Planning Board/Department and the Zoning Board of Adjustment:
Before moving to our 3212 Parade Road address, we were previous renters in Weirs Beach. We enjoyed our time there, but when we began our search for our first home, we decided that we wanted to be close to town, but far enough away to have acres of land, more peace and quiet and privacy. When we found our house, we were happy with the residential location and the eight acres of land. We were also not close to our neighbors and it was the seclusion we wanted.
The buyer of the land in question's 95 acres abuts our land and is our whole backyard. We in no way approve any land in our neighborhood becoming commercial. Making that land commercial is an extreme measure and not needed. The main reason why we live here is because it is residential and we don't want to be surrounded by a business whatsoever.
I understand that the buyer would like to start a new life in New Hampshire, but so does my family. We chose to start our life here and it is unfair for this woman to come and disrupt the quiet and secluded neighborhood we live in and always wanted. What about us? What about our start? Why does this woman have any sort of say in the neighborhood we all picked to live in? We were all here first and our idea of the perfect life is extremely different than the buyers. She doesn't want our neighborhood. She wants to change it and we don't want change. This is clearly not the right neighborhood for all her ideas.
The buyer has shared her intentions of what she would like her property to become. Although it may sound okay on paper, giving her the requested variances would be a disaster for our entire neighborhood. It would open up so many devastating possibilities down the road that we just don't want. The buyer might change her mind about what she wants the establishment to become and might even sell the property in the future. And then what's possibly next? A hotel, an industrial park, a Home Depot, a Target, a grocery store? Even with just a campground, I still don't want anyone in my back yard and potentially jeopardize the safety of my family.
Parade Road also a scenic gateway road connecting Meredith and Laconia. Not just the neighborhood enjoys the views, but both towns and tourists traveling through. Parade Road is a fairly quiet road the entire stretch. So many people own many acres of land and we don't want an increase in traffic, loudness and commotion.
The immediate area the property is on is already notorious for accidents. Since moving here in 2014, we have lost a dog, deer, bears and turkeys have been killed, a motorcyclist severely injured, a truck crashed in front of our neighbor's house, a car lost control and crashed into our rock wall and countless accidents at the Rollercoaster Road intersection. This all happened in less than three years and within 0.25 miles of the property. There was even an accident just last week (March 14) at the Rollercoaster Road intersection. This is already a dangerous driving area and bringing in the type of traffic for this possible establishment is a terrible idea.
My husband and I currently do not have plans to sell our home. If this land becomes commercial, it would severely lower the selling price of our house. So now we have to suffer our peaceful life and possibly lose thousands of dollars because of this horrible idea? In what world is this even fair?
Bottom line, we just don't want our lives to change and we surely do not want our neighborhood destroyed by this proposal. This is residential property for a reason and it should stay that way. Why establish zoning if you are just going to change it and ruin the neighborhood? Some random person from Massachusetts should not have a say in all of our lives. We are hard-working taxpayers of Laconia and our voice should matter the most. Do not take what we have away from us.