I have been reading lots of concerns and complaints in many comments recently here on the blog. Among them were some comments about land use and zoning as well as property rights. The specifics about each is not what this post is about. What it is about is participation in your government, or lack of it.
Every zoning ordinance, whether new or amended is discussed at great length at Planning Board meetings. Public hearings are held and I can honestly say that in my two years on the Planning Board , hardly anyone came to the hearings and there were very few questions asked. The same is true of the BoS meetings with just the same small crowd that comes week after week. I'm not saying that you don't have the right to complain if you don't agree with decisions or outcomes, but rather that if you participate in the decision process you can perhaps influence the decisions that are made. Can't make a meeting or are unsure of what something means? Send an email to any of the BoS, the TA, Town Planner or any of the Land Use board chairs. I understand the demands of life limit the free time of many, but a quick note when you get a free moment should not be that difficult.
There is so much going on right now in particular, that getting involved even a little bit can make a big difference in the end result.