If you put ten dollars on the table and by a simple majority vote it could be turned into one hundred dollars, you would come to the table as often as required to collect your windfall.
Woodmont has invested ten million dollars and wants our Planning Board to vote to change it into one hundred million dollars. Fine by me, if there were no downside to our town, but these things don’t work that way.
When the first bulldozer hits the orchards and apple trees hit the ground, those dozing at home during planning board dronings will be up in arms crying foul, the fix is in, everyone is on the take, corruption, and who knew what by when?
The simple truth will be that those that put their money on the table and then hired attorneys to go to the table and watch it month after month will have legally gained the right to bulldoze all the apple trees and as much of Londonderry as they would like.
Unless you show up and stand up for your rights, you forfeit the right to take pot shots at one and all for what has transpired. If we have to vote “the bums out!” so be it. If town staff and professional town management have not served us well, others can be hired who are more attuned to the community they serve.
Woodmont is that big a deal. It is a game changer for every resident of Londonderry. Your investment in your home and property is on the line. If you live in Londonderry everything will change and it will just begin with your taxes. Your land and property values will change dramatically over the next ten years. It has yet to be shown what benefit each of us will gain when the value of the orchard land goes through the roof by breaking the towns one acre zoning laws which we all abide by and have invested our treasure in. Hundreds of acres will be zoned for six dwellings per acre with no restrictions on immediate sale to others in any chunks the market will bear. There are no hundred acre limits on resale of rezoned land!
All these facts and issues are on the table now. Your fellow taxpayers and citizens volunteering to represent you on the Planning Board and town council cannot do so in a vacuum or in a half filled room. We all have to serve as well, by being there.
Nothing much is said to be on the table tomorrow night. I’ll be there! Will you? You can bet the paid Woodmont attorneys will be there. I reported on my of site meeting with our town staff for our walk in the woods and Woodmont(November 22, 2011). I would like to raise the issue tomorrow night of the meetings town staff has had with Woodmont in preparing and presenting its master plan for the PUD. I would hope they would bring minutes and dates of those non public meetings. We the people have a right to know about those meetings. New Hampshire’s Right-to-Know Law (RSA 91-A) See you ALL tomorrow, December 14, 2011.
“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!