How Woodmont came to be required enabling legislation. The citizens were not told the true purpose of the PUD! No matter how involved you might be as a taxpayer, if there are secret or restricted meetings you can’t make informed comments. The fix is in? (Could have been!)
When did Londonderry town officials know about the Woodmont Orchards deal? Election 2010- Londonderry Town Council Race Town Council Candidates forum- March 6, 2010 “Spending & Quality of life how it relates to open space”
When? Two years before this March 6, 2010 meeting, according to Mr. Farrell. In 2008! So…was the development of the PUD Ordinance in any way shaped or affected by this parcel or it’s owner? Was the PUD Ordinance designed to accommodate Woodmont Commons?
A little over two weeks passed between the passage of the PUD ordinance (1/04/10) and the “official” purchase of Woodmont Orchards (1/20/10).
Then the question to ask is: Were town employees or elected officials privy to the prospective Woodmont Commons deal before the PUD ordinance was passed, and if so, was the PUD ordinance shaped or affected in any way by the prospective deal or it’s representatives for its benefit?
Video of first TC PUD
Video of second TC PUD
The discussion starts about 18 minutes into the video.
Interesting! Did the chicken or egg come first? In any event it sounds like something other than the chicken was in the hen house.
The Londonderry Times article 11/10/11 listed the developer as Pillsbury Reality Trust represented by Ari B. Pollack president of Callahan and Gartrell of Concord and John Michaels.
It is my opinion that since Att. Micheals is, or was, the counsel for the original buyers, it would be ridiculous for him and a gigantic conflict of interest to have him involved in the consulting process to any degree. Taxpayer or not! Independent third party who has no vested interest is the only way – but certainly a firm that has the expertise in this area of law.
Click Read More at the end of the bio to see more comments, like other stories by Jack his “Et. Al.” is composed of his statement with responses from others he communicates with on the topic in block quotes.
“Jack Falvey Et al:” provides a hometown analysis of Woodmont Commons. Since attending the design charrette offered by the developers of the project Jack has been asking questions, you too have been asking questions, many to Jack himself. He has provided thoughtful analysis from his point of view and shared it back to the questioner and a growing list of Londonderry residents wanting of more information.
As they become available we will provide these questions to our readers and the search engines. We hope to provide a broader view of the project through the eyes of someone that came to town in the 1960′s. Jack raised a family here, volunteered in local government and founded his company “Making the Numbers” after a career at Gillette. As a motivational speaker and a prolific writer with major media outlets his views on the project may take you by surprise!
Read More for additional conversations in Jack Falvey’s communication with others in Londonderry.
We have some extraordinary people living in Londonderry. They work for us tirelessly. Many are not on the town payroll nor are they elected or appointed officials although many are. Please read the comments sent in below. This will take a while, but consider the effort of the dedicated citizen that dug all this out for us. Read it in appreciation of their effort. (I did!)
Jack, Two points
First, I attended the Council meetings and most of the PUD meetings. To my recolection there was never any mention of Woodmont, only how the PUD would benefit North Londnderry. Now all we are hearing is ‘everyone’ knew about Woodmont, Why didn’t they say anything ehen the PUD was being written?
Second, This meeting thing keeps coming up over and over again. Why not ask the group that was rumored to be there? Below is a an old blog conversation from January 21, 2011 concerning Town Council attendance at an ‘informational meeting’.
email to town councilors
During the Town Council Candidates forum John Farrell stated that he met with the new developers of the Woodmont property. Since then Councilor Wagner has stated that the Town Council was also aware of the meeting.
I’d like to know when this meeting took place and what members of Town staff attended. Did members of the Council also participate?
response from town council
Glenn: As chair, I will respond on behalf of the Council as is customary. After speaking with the Town Manager, it is my understanding that the meeting you are referring to was solicited by the developers themselves. I do not know the date of the meeting, nor do I have that information. One member of the Council attended the meeting which was of an informational nature only. Per the Town Manager, it’s my understanding that there was no staff at this particular meeting. If you should have any further specific questions about this subject, I would suggest you contact the Town Manager.
Blog comment: I don’t have a problem with the Woodmont Developer. He can build what he wants as long as it fits withing the towns zoning ordinances. Now the select group of town leaders who met with the developer and to date still refuse to say who was in attendance that’s a different story.
Blog comment: “…the select group of town leaders who met with the developer and to date still refuse to say who was in attendance that’s a different story”. If memory serves that would be Kathy Wagner, Steve Young, Ron Campo, John Farrel and Art Rugg.
A lot seemed to be going on that few knew about.
Jack, I watched the video and read the 12-21-09 and 1-4-10 planning board meeting notes. One comment said in the first meeting made me sit back in my chair.
“Art Rugg, Planning Board Chair said the Planning Board is looking at getting away from the strict lines of different zoning. The rigidity is giving us the sprawl problem they are looking for a campus type of atmosphere.”
“Sprawl” was the same word used at the Woodmont Orchard charete in September 2010 to criticize Londonderry. He kept saying we were urban sprawl. I didn’t know we were considered sprawl by the planning board. I think we have a nice thing going for us here in Londonderry with our open space, room for kids to play, and fresh air.And who is the “they” in that same line?
Your email said: “…the select group of town leaders who met with the developer and to date still refuse to say who was in attendance that’s a different story”. If memory serves that would be Kathy Wagner, Steve Young, Ron Campo, John Farrel and Art Rugg.
Now it all makes sense. During those meetings the planning board knew what was coming down the pike. Jack, who wrote the PUD ordnance? Any of those select group of town leaders?
This question, a great one, is above my pay grade. We need a legal opinion.
Jack: After reading over the minutes of the 12/21/09 and 1/4/10 meetings I have a question about the legality of the two meetings. Kathy Wagner recused herself from both meetings, yet she seconded the vote to continue the 12/21 meeting and she seconded the approval of the PUD in the 1/4 meeting. Since she recused herself, she should have not participated by seconding motions. This is something to be reviewed. By these actions, especially about the approval of the PUD, does this void the approval by the council since she participated after recusal? Let me know your opinion. Thanks.
This is starting to reek of corruption – If we have any attorneys in our group, I’m wondering what their thoughts might be…
This is a comment that should be considered. I’m not into conspiracy theory, but I can buy into less than smart!
Corruption in Londonderry! My, My . Maybe some of those black dots are connected? I don’t think we need an attorney, I think it might take an “exorcist “or maybe a witch doctor to solve this one. Ok, it might take all three!