Zoning proposals would change city's character

Last modified: Wednesday, September 12, 2012

To the editor:

The front page article in Monday's Gazette on the proposed zoning changes which were to be discussed in public meetings Tuesday and today is, unfortunately, totally one-sided. It reports only the views of city officials committed to greater density and has nothing to say about the views of those who will be adversely affected by the proposed changes.

The basic problem is that with higher density will come more traffic, which will change the character of the city, and not for the better. Those who will be adversely affected by the traffic will, I believe, greatly outnumber those who will benefit from the zoning changes.

The potential problem, by the way, is not merely that of current property owners adding residential units but of developers exploiting the more favorable zoning to maximize density and profits.

I hope the Gazette will address these issues in its reporting and on its editorial page. I hope also you'll have a reporter at the meetings who is prepared to give due consideration to both sides of the question.

Richard Greene


EDITOR'S NOTE: The Northampton Planning Board held a public meeting Tuesday on the zoning proposals and will hold another tonight in the City Council Chambers of the Puchalski Municipal Building starting at 7 p.m. The board says it will weigh opinions from these meetings as it shapes proposals that would then be forwarded to the City Council.


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