Who’s harassing the businesses?
A letter to the editor in the Lakeville Journal (2/9/12) entitled ‘Has the spirit of Scrooge infected Salisbury?’ is a clever writing which completely ignores the real issue at hand.
I refer to the Zoning Regulation violations which were recently the topic of a Planning and Zoning investigation in Salisbury. (Refer to my previous post on this issue)
The author, Mr. Dick Boyle, frames his letter as though something evil were happening in Salisbury and paints a picture implying that one merchant has launched an assault on the other merchants.
The violations are the result of Zoning Regulations adopted by Planning and Zoning over the course of many years, which were being ignored by the offending merchants and not enforced by Planning and Zoning. Despite Ms. O’Brien’s repeated efforts to bring attention to these matters, she was ignored (brushed off) multiple times by the Commission.
Mr. Boyle seems to see this as an act of incivility. I should ask why is it not civil to ask that the laws be enforced equally among all?
I would quickly agree that many of these violations seem downright silly, however, they are the Zoning Regulations which are the product of the often dysfunctional Zoning Commission. (Don’t forget the Poland Report)
Mr. Boyle ends his letter ‘ … local businesses should be supported, not harassed, or unduly hampered’. I would suggest he read the often cumbersome Salisbury Zoning Regulations and think about who is actually ‘harassing or unduly hampering’ the businesses in Salisbury.
Might it be Planning and Zoning?