Zoning Changes and Our New Comprehensive Plan

Posted:  Friday, January 24, 2014 - 1:30pm
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Dear Editor,

I offer a suggestion in the spirit of compromise. Let’s delay any decision on the rezoning of Fox Hill until we have updated our Comprehensive Plan. This would be a rational solution to the heated debate currently underway in our community. The state requires comprehensive plans to be updated every 10 years or so and, as luck would have it, ours is up for renewal in 2015. A Committee is already being formed!

Press the pause button and allow the Comprehensive Plan Committee and elected officials to weigh the future of commercial development in residential zones. If their deliberations (including citizen input) lead to the conclusion that Camden needs more businesses everywhere in town, they can rewrite the Plan to allow it. Or, if they choose to protect neighborhoods as places to live rather than to work, that would put the Fox Hill debate to rest.

Let’s take advantage of the serendipity in timing and allow the new Comprehensive Plan to take its course; then, and only then, will we know that the right choice has been made.

Sincerely,
Dorie Klein
30 Dirt Road, Camden