Board must follow rules
The town of Clarendon Board of Zoning Adjustment needs to do its job, which is to enforce laws and regulations. The zoning for Route 7B Central is residential/commercial, with an explicit notation saying “excluding manufacturing.” Also, there is not any “conditional use” for manufacturing in residential/commercial, as stated throughout the Clarendon zoning regulations.
As another taxpayer put it, “Members of the town-elected boards, including the ZBA, have no choice but to enforce the laws.” Town officials are not to be controlled by their own visions or agendas, but are to listen to all the citizens on 7B Central. These laws and regulations are not there for board members to change, ignore or set aside because it does not fit what they want.
It seems to me that the correct approach to Mr. Gilmour should have been to inform him of the zoning laws and tell him that an industrial park was available for his business just 1.8 miles down the road on 7B South in Clarendon.
So was this a done deal before the public hearing? Were promises made to Mr. Gilmour? And did any town official alter the Clarendon zoning regulations?
SHIRLEY WHITE LOOMIS