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Gossips has also received word that the project will be on the agenda of the Greenport Planning Board on Tuesday, July 24. The Greenport Planning Board meets at 7:30 p.m. at Greenport Town Hall, 600 Town Hall Drive.
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If approved by Greenport, the project will then come before the Columbia County Planning Board. That Board's action is recommendation only, but does have some influence on the final outcome. Strangely, the public almost never attends these meetings.ReplyDelete
It’s not strange, because the County Planning Board pretty much always sides with the developer. So people rarely bother going.ReplyDelete
(Same is true of a lot of boards around here... They make a mockery of public input, then complain that no one shows up for meetings anymore.)
For decades County Planning was run by right wing libertarians who believed zoning was theft and un-American.
I don’t know that it has changed much, and can’t think of an example of a situation when they sided with concerned citizens... Maybe there are 1-2 examples, but those would be the proverbial exceptions which prove the rule.
Too bad that Greenport will be reviewing the solar proposal, there is little chance that their Planning Board will do a thorough job. Forcing Holcim / LaFarge to clean up their mess and siting the solar field on that site would be the best outcome.ReplyDelete