Planning Board Virtual Debate: How Can The Permit And Planning Process Be Improved?
Apr 08, 2015 01:22PM ● Published by Bill Gilman
Planning Board Candidates George Ferdinand and Keith Anderson.
Neither candidate has held elected position in Tewksbury previously.
To help inform voters, Your Tewksbury Today asked the candidates a series of questions related to planning and development in Tewksbury. We are publishing their answers in a series of four articles this week.
This is the third in that series of four.
Question 3 -- What changes, if any, would you like to see to Tewksbury zoning bylaws or the process developers have to follow to do business in Tewksbury?
This "streamlining" would be on local, state, federal levels as needed along with permitting.
Zoning is a major item at town meeting and draws those that may be effected. In the long term all of Tewksbury will be effected going forward.
I would like to see a broader, more informed public hearing on zoning so that all are aware of the impact of such zoning, such as what finance does with the budget. Get folks involved before just coming to town meeting for debate.
Although bylaws are debated and interpreted by proponents and town on different levels going forward, there will always be room for improvement to said laws, as the town works with new and existing business and residents.
Through pubic hearings, changes can be made with all involved and have over many years.
I believe I am the only candidate that wants this!
My idea calling for an Independent review of the town's zoning bylaws and planning regulations consists of a:
(5) member panel.
The only candidates excluded from the panel are members of the Planning Board, the Zoning Board of Appeals and the planning board zoning bylaws subcommittee.
The Selectmen will decide on the number of meeting(s) and the duration of this panel.
The recommendations from the panel will be reviewed and adopted or rejected at a scheduled Town Meeting.
If this is not adopted I would be in favor of an independent audit by a firm chosen by town officials. By the way, it has been 13 years since the last review.