POLL: Should State Change Appeal Requirements?

Let us know your thoughts on the topic in the comments section and vote in our poll below.

Earlier this week, on the Massachusetts state laws for appealing construction projects. But we want to know what you think about the system.

As currently constructed, the laws allow one abutter or a group of at least 10 residents to stop the construction of a project by filing an appeal and paying a processing fee.

Board of Selectmen chairman Mike Newhouse said this allows for stall tactics from residents who oppose plans that were approved by a majority vote.

“These regulations need to be significantly revised,” said Newhouse. “It makes no sense to me that 10 residents who need not be registered voters, or even American citizens, only need one member having attended a Conservation Commission meeting to thwart the will of the people without repercussions of frivolous claims. That just doesn’t make sense.”

Resident Kevin MacDonald, who is currently the that have said he believes the laws should stay as is.

“I actually think it should only be one person needed to start an appeal,” said MacDonald. “If one person in the country knew that the cigarette manufacturing companies were putting chemicals into cigarettes, and the rest of the country didn’t believe it, I think that one person should be able to be heard and appealed."

So what do you think? Are the laws to loose for your liking, or should things stay the way they are?

Let us know your thoughts in the comments section and be sure to vote in our poll as well to weigh in on this issue. 

Karl Ian Sagal August 06, 2012 at 05:42 PM
I agree that any appellant should have standing. That mean they should be citizens, they should be of majority age (I believe that is 18) and they should be residents of the place affected. (If in the case of water pollution, which might mean citizens down stream, even if in another town or state) I do not believe that appellants should be targeted financially or rhetorically by anyone, other than those arguing the appeals themselves, and personalities and families should be kept out of it.
Steven McGinley August 09, 2012 at 12:35 AM
Christine what meetings have you attended.?
Christine August 09, 2012 at 01:58 AM
Meetings ?!! What meetings? Crap, I must have missed them Steve- enlighten me ;) Seriously, I attended several and read plenty-- I wish more knowledgeable townspeople had weighed in along the way-- I'm sure some of your suggestions for improvements in the construction aspect would have been appreciated by those involved,
Christine August 09, 2012 at 02:15 AM
Karl, when it's comes to my time, my money and my children it's personal-- it's just not that simple and I've wasted nights listening to Kevin's BS when I should have been home tucking in my kids or reading them bedtime stories--or watching their games at the 7 hour town meeting ....Again listening to people drone-- just because I'm doing my civic duty doesn't mean I have to sit and take it again and again and again-- They are the ones NOT respectful of the process -- just because there IS a process doesn't mean these people have to abuse it AND take advantage of others either. And 600+'others in town clearly feel the same--enough is enough.
Steven McGinley August 11, 2012 at 12:36 AM
I am asking what meetings have you attended? I don't get how you cannot understand such a simple question? Were you at the conservation commission meetings? Have you been to the high school building commission meetings, if so how many.?


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