Planners got it right
At the Dorset Planning Commission meeting last Tuesday (June 10) the outcome was the correct one. Clearly, as there are four "village commercial" districts in our town, it behooves us to realize they are each different, and therefore cannot fall under the same regulations.
I would amend Escher's idea: While maintaining separate rules for "historical village zone," I would protect the zone which is along Route 30 from Manchester West Road north, by requiring strict limitations on kinds of businesses and the sizes, with intent to maintain its "look" as appropriate to entrance into Dorset Village.
We need carefully to think about the potential of the small home owners along Route 30 selling off, over time, their property to businesses of all manner, who need 5,000 square foot buildings. What a horror corridor it would create as entrance to a village which is rightfully on the National Registry of HIstoric Districts. It is arguably the most beautiful village in America. Dorset Village is a destination, a brand. Therefore we need to keep the access to this beautiful destination intact; as similarly historic as possible. We need to preserve this special place.
For commercial growth, it would seem the PC's emphasis should be to encourage commercial growth (with 5,000 square-foot choice) in the East Dorset zone.
Progress can be constructive or destructive.
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