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Sunday, July 12, 2015

Here is one reason why zoning ordinances are important

Let's say you went to the Sandwich Fair last October and thought hey, my spouse would love to have a pet rooster. So you buy the bird, bring it home and all is well with the world. Not if you live in parts of Laconia. Pecker the rooster was not welcomed with open arms by his neighbors. It turns out that farm animals are not permitted in the residential zone where pecker's owners live and the neighbors complained. Pecker's owners went to the Zoning Board for a variance and it was denied. The dispute has gotten ugly with neighbors now seeking restraining orders. In all likelihood, pecker will need a new home.
There are a number of morals to this story. One is that there are important distinctions between a "residential" and a "residential/agricultural zone." In the former, pecker is not welcome, but in the later, he can wander, peck and crow to his hearts content. Another is that property owners need to be aware of the rules. Ordinances vary from town to town so before buying a rooster or goat or some other farm animal, check it out with your local land use office. Lastly, a rooster is no more noisy than a dog that barks in his or her yard at the crack of dawn. Once in awhile neighbors should just lighten up and leave the peckers of the world in peace.

5 comments:

Joe Cormier2@myfairpoint.net said...


Could be a BoS town perambulation.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZtSRTjOheI


Be going to my first concert at the Lion's Club (handing-out SB2 petitions)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a9tvCjD__CA






Joe Cormier2@myfairpoint.net said...

Could be a BoS town perambulation.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZtSRTjOheI


Be going to my first concert at the Lion's Club (handing-out SB2 petitions)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a9tvCjD__CA

For Cleaner Local Politics said...

Great to see that some towns such as Laconia enforce their zoning ordinances, even to keep out a pet rooster on a technicality!! On the other hand, Moultonborough's Zoning Board by a 3 to 2 vote allowed the new bakery and restaurant, the Cup & Crumb, in an Agricultural/Residential Zone where Pecker might have been welcome and created an exception for the bakery/restaurant, that now has created a huge safety hazard at the corner of 109 and Old 109 with loads of haphazardly parked cars and trucks (as the parking lot is totally inadequate), but the Town's police seem oblivious to this hazard of cars and trucks parked all over the place, while stopping motorists driving 4 to 5 mph over the limit on these same roads.

It is interesting to note that the Chair of the Zoning Board's daughter-in-law (daughter of the Town's Superintendent of Schools) now supplies her products to this establishment and is often seen helping the owner, a former Academy English teacher who used to work for the father of this lady, who was the esteemed Superintendent of Schools.

Obviously Pecker's owners lacked the important political "connections" that the owner of the Cup & Crumb have - a really sad commentary about Moultonborough's Zoning Board and political heritage.

Terence C. Jatko said...

"One is that there are important distinctions between a "residential" and a "residential/agricultural zone." In the former, pecker is not welcome, but in the later, he can wander, peck and crow to his hearts content. Another is that property owners need to be aware of the rules. Ordinances vary from town to town so before buying a rooster or goat or some other farm animal, check it out with your local land use office."

Fine and dandy. Until, of course, they change the zoning ordinances. Then you could be out of luck. It's happened dozens of times in this town.

Anonymous said...

Great to see that some towns such as Laconia enforce their zoning ordinances, even to keep out a pet rooster on a technicality!! On the other hand, Moultonborough's Zoning Board by a 3 to 2 vote allowed the new bakery and restaurant, the Cup & Crumb, in an Agricultural/Residential Zone where Pecker might have been welcome and created an exception for the bakery/restaurant, that now has created a huge safety hazard at the corner of 109 and Old 109 with loads of haphazardly parked cars and trucks (as the parking lot is totally inadequate), but the Town's police seem oblivious to this hazard of cars and trucks parked all over the place, while stopping motorists driving 4 to 5 mph over the limit on these same roads.

It is interesting to note that the Chair of the Zoning Board's daughter-in-law (daughter of the Town's Superintendent of Schools) now supplies her products to this establishment and is often seen helping the owner, a former Academy English teacher who used to work for the father of this lady, who was the esteemed Superintendent of Schools.

Obviously Pecker's owners lacked the important political "connections" that the owner of the Cup & Crumb have - a really sad commentary about Moultonborough's Zoning Board and political heritage.