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October 22, 2016
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‘Anonymous’ letter and ‘misinformation’ alarm Lumberland residents

Petersheim also criticized two town council members in relation to the proposed conservation subdivision regulations. “I couldn’t be more astounded by Mr. Akt and Mr. Shafer, who made their living this way, subdividing land and working with developers and builders, that they would consider passing zoning of this sort. It’s totally invasive, it’s overkill and it’s unnecessary.”

Before closing, he said, “The supervisor of Lumberland seems more concerned with aligning the Town of Lumberland with the Upper Delaware Council and the River Management Plan and the Delaware River Scenic Byway, than the concerns of the local business community.”

Glen Spey resident and educator Peter Comstock commented that zoning law must uphold the town’s 2008 Comprehensive Plan. “To identify the goals of the comp plan, public focus hearings were convened, a town-wide survey was conducted and public hearings were held before its adoption,” he said. “Development of the comp plan was clearly the will of the residents of this town, and they most definitely value open space. The zoning rewrite committee has worked for nearly two years to interpret and carry out the mission of the comp plan. It has delivered a flexible and reasonable document that encourages economic development while protecting the environment and the rural values that brought most residents to Lumberland in the first place.”

Builder Hall Smyth of Pond Eddy said he has a small piece of property that he would like to sell to a person interested in establishing a chocolate processing facility, but that new landscaping restrictions would make it prohibitively expensive. “There is no provision within the current code that does encourage in any way economic development,” he said. “Most of the codes are hostile to business.”

Rajsz urged everyone to seek accurate information about the proposed zoning, noting, for example, that “the town is not out to take anybody’s land from them.” She encouraged visiting the town hall in Glen Spey to view a hard copy or reading it on the town website at www.towno flumberland.org. Comments may still be submitted in writing until 3 p.m. on Friday, February 17. If substantial changes are in order, a third public hearing will be scheduled.

“The proposed zoning is proactive and fluid and can be amended at any time,” said Rasjz. “We’ve been taking our time with this, and won’t pass a law until all the comments are addressed. Meanwhile, our doors are open, so call or stop by.”