, Newburyport, MA


March 26, 2012

Let's just follow the rules

To the editor:

A recent (March 16) letter supporting the proposed Local Historic District (LHD) and lamenting the absence of "design review" in our city, stated the following: " ... the building inspector has to go with the codes as written. He also has to follow the zoning ordinances. If the home complies with both, then he must, as part of his responsibility, sign off on them."

Hmmm — imagine that ... clear rules, known to all in advance. Follow these rules, get your permit, no hassles. Sounds good to me. Let's keep it that way. If new codes and ordinances are needed, they can be implemented and people (knowing and understanding them in advance) can follow the new rules. They should not be hauled in front of more boards and commissions who will pronounce judgment on what they consider "appropriate." Nothing will be knowable in advance; we will be completely at their mercy. I hope our City Council does not institute this when it comes time for them to vote.

Bernhard Heersink


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