I am discouraged. I hate to say it but I am.
Last week the Wilmington Selectboard held a public hearing on the proposed Historic Review District Regulations for the village area. This document, if passed, will replace the existing one and impact all the properties in the village area. Its purpose is to preserve our town with its many lovely buildings. It addresses vinyl siding (not allowed), signage, and more. Important stuff, you might think, especially for those who own property or a business or who live in the district. Yet, the entire audience consisted of one business owner who spoke and then left, a reporter, the zoning administrator, two planning commission members who spent months refining the document, and me.
Perhaps some people just don’t care. But that’s not what I hear when people get upset about having to get a permit when they come before the DRB or when they are told that something isn’t allowed.
Others may believe that there is already an ordinance in place to preserve the village so there is no need to speak up in support.
Maybe they don’t think their input will do any good. But the planning commission made substantial changes after receiving testimony.
I really don’t want to believe that perhaps the lack of participation is a twist on NIMBY: “It Only Matters When It’s Directly About Me.”
People are busy - I know that. But our town and the regulations that govern it are important for years to come and no one seemed to care.
So, that is why I am very discouraged.