I was not there and unfortunately the video stream ended at 10:30pm before the final vote, but from the chatter in cyberspace, it appears that the Planning Board approved the sub division application for Tevis Kraft and then the site plan for Zaremba's proposed Dollar General store.
A petition was presented to the board to stop the Dollar Store, but as I expected, it was not accepted as part of the testimony during the hearing.
There is a lesson to be learned here, one I have written and spoken about many, many times: get involved. All those that fought against this project fought a losing battle because they did not know how to win. I'm not being critical of the individual's because I have done the same thing in the past. And then I learned how to play the game and got myself involved.
PB Chair Scott Bartlett was spot on in his statement that the PB must rule on submissions on the basis of current rules and ordinances. Remember, Zaremba got to the Planning Board after one successful lawsuit already. PB member and long time selectmen Ed Charest made the point that property owners have the right to use their property as they see fit within the rules and regulations. Excellent points.
This is prime time in our town for making changes to zoning. The Master Plan is well under way. Meetings are happening about the future and how we should grow Moultonboro and what it should look like when it does. Where were the petitioners over the past two years during the speak out sessions and public meetings?
Anyone can place an article to amend a zoning ordinance on the ballot if they get 25 signatures of registered voters. There will also be many opportunities to have your voice heard on these matters in these next few months. Get you butts in the seats and raise your hands to speak. Its as simple as that.