Defining the permit application process

What are they drinking in the water in Wilton? Chris Balch, in his letter in the June 1 edition, feels that after all of the criteria for a permit under the bylaws have been met, that subjective “common sense or conscience” be applied to the process. This means that there is no real definition of what an applicant must meet, as the whim of the officials will override the bylaw “to meet a community benefit.”

Well, is economic activity a community benefit? How about jobs, or lower fuel prices, or safer storage facilities and so forth? If folks don’t like an activity in their community, change the law to ensure it doesn’t occur, but let’s not let “opinion or feelings” determine how a person, business or corporation can get an approval to proceed with a project.

Jim Coull

Amherst

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