The Planning Board, or should I describe them for their actions, “Bring me any developer and we will give them everything they want.”
They know full well they are protected by the Town, ZBA and the police. The only resource the people have is to check with the state which formed these two boards and try to make changes so the average person has a chance.
It seems there is one avenue we have not explored and that is our Constitution
The people of Amherst must not accept getting slapped in face anymore.
The Declaration of Independence says right in it, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government,…”
Of course, we don’t govern our nation based on the Declaration of Independence. Our government is guided by the Constitution. There is no provision in the Constitution for over-throwing the government.
But the Declaration is precedence. Our government exists only because we overthrew the old one, and it can be done again if need be.
I’m saying we must find out how these two boards, the Planning and the ZBA, were “born,” then we must discern a way to make them operate much more fairly. I would suggest the quickest way would be to have these two groups elected, rather than appointed.