My friend Ed over at GovernmentOversite (dedicated video recording all kinds of public meetings – I have “camera envy” over all his equipment!) has the video of Republican Gregory Carson making the pitch Rochester should accept this “free money” from the Federal Government plan to federalize zoning ordinances via the EPA, DOT, and HUD (and known locally as the Granite State Future plan, whereby the 9 Regional Planning Commissions (“RPCs”) would start the process of urbanizing otherwise rural NH and continue the “cookie cutterization” of our landscape.
And failing. the vote of the Rochester City Councilors was 8-4 against implementation.
We here in NH need local control – in reading the documents, it is clear that the Feds become in control. This is not the NH way!
Speaking of Ed and GovernmentOversite, I love his Mission Statement (emphasis mine):
MISSION STATEMENT: Our mission is to provide the public a window into the local and regional political process by video taping various public meetings and officials during the course of their public duty. GovernmentOversite.com firmly believes this process affords the general public an easier and more convenient access to the proceedings of their local government. It is our intent to ensure all citizens have the ability to monitor government activities. We wish to facilitate the exercising of your inalienable first amendment rights that are protected by the US and NH Constitutions. We will earnestly strive to provide a mechanism for all concerned citizens, newspapers, television, and radio to assert themselves in a government by the people, for the people, and of the people.