At the August 18th Planning Board meeting, the Maple Rd. rezone was on the agenda. It was tabled then reopened after adjournment and after the attorney was allowed to negotiate from his seat. This passes for legitimate handling of a Planning Board public hearing?
This fast tracking of yet another inappropriate development in a mostly residential area at 190 Maple Rd. is against the Comprehensive Plan at so many levels that no amount of polished weasel talk will bring it into, even remote compliance.
We have learned that the experts are not infallible. The evidence is all around us. The residents know. They live with the problems created by these charlatans. Maybe it is time to listen to the residents instead of dismissing them as mere nimbies. Nimbies, my friends, are residents.
It is a term employed by developers to belittle and silence homeowners. AVARICE KNOWS NO BOUNDARIES.
The last election should have told you, people are tired of the status quo. No amount of influence peddling or tax-saving rhetoric mattered.
Saving a few dollars in taxes pales in comparison to the thousands, tens of thousands that people have had to pay to mitigate problems in their home due to development that never should have been allowed.
The ranks of nimbies are growing as more neighborhoods are being destroyed by scattershot development for no good reason other than keeping rich men rich.
Traffic is becoming more and more horrendous as more and more development is being squeezed in every open area. A town-wide traffic study has not been done since the mid-1990’s. An independent, honest study is long overdue. What is the holdup? Afraid of discovery? You owe that effort to the residents.
This should be a prioritized use of taxpayer money. It should be done without developer control since we know and you know how that skews results.
Imagine Amherst, form-based zoning is an urban development concept. It may work in some Amherst areas. Unfortunately, it will result in further greasing the skids for developers and eliminate any hope for residents to have input in protecting their homes and quality of life.
Residents need to be wary about some people imagining this vision for Amherst. There is a robust propaganda campaign currently being waged. The focus is on specific areas in Amherst.
However, it is a Trojan horse where one day that same focused development could materialize in anyone’s “back yard,'” unwanted, inappropriate and abusive.