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Read the regulations before voting

10/18/2007

To The Editor:

Waitsfield citizens are about to vote on a very comprehensive set of regulations that is one of the largest land control grabs in town.

Landowners with two or more acres can be impacted at some time in the future if they want to subdivide their land; consequently, these regulations give the town total control over their land.

The town can require a donation of land for future roads, paths, walkways and recreation without offering the landowner any compensation for the land.

A landowner with open land will not be allowed to build on it but will be required to maintain the land.

Landowners with woodland would very likely be designated deer yards; therefore, no building would be allowed on the land but taxes will still be assessed.

Landowners that did a good job maintaining the land all their lives expecting to use it for retirement will be penalized and the town does not receive any benefits from citizen's stocks, bonds, and retirement funds; therefore, why should the land as a source of retirement be expected from the citizen who has been a good steward of the land for a lifetime?

The planning commission and select board have endorsed the regulations as a great document but they have nothing to lose by them. I urge all landowners to go to the Waitsfield Town Office and get a copy of the regulations the planning commission and select board is having you vote on. Read them thoroughly before going to the vote next week, Tuesday, October 23, 2007. If these regulations pass, total control of land will be in the town's hands, not the landowners, with the landowner still being required to maintain and pay taxes even though the landowner will have no control over their own land.

Paul Hartshorn

Waitsfield

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