Below is the substance of my email to the Selectboard with respect to Route 5 South.
There has been discussion about what the proposed Town Plan does or does not allow regarding Route 5 South. My modest proposal is to change the last sentence in the discussion of "Route 5 South/River Road” at pages 12-8 through 12-9 so as to make crystal clear that the Route 5 South area can not be rezoned under the proposed Town Plan. In the past, Planning Commission member Jeff Lubell, speaking for himself, has said that a new zoning district is not authorized. However, the wording in the Town Plan could be cleaner and some residents are concerned.
The last sentence of "Route 5 South/River Road” section at page 12-9, currently reads:
As the commission wishes to give further consideration to public input as well as the nuances of this important topic, this town plan does not propose any zoning changes for these areas.
My suggestion is to change the last sentence to read:
The commission wishes to give further consideration to public input as well as the nuances of this important topic. Because such a zoning district is not presently authorized under this town plan, its creation would require a future change to the town plan.
This will clarify that adoption of mixed use district requires further changes to the plan and eliminate any fear of a secret agenda.