The Manchester Planning Board will hold its second public hearing on the proposed revisions to the city’s Subdivision and Site Plan Regulations on January seventh. The board first published its proposed revisions to the regulations on September sixteenth and asked for public comment on the draft. The board held another public hearing on October fifteenth to receive additional comments. It then extended the comment period and held a public workshop on November nineteenth, at which the public was invited to further discuss the regulations. The board and its staff have reviewed all comments provided and believe the second draft addresses much of that input.
With this newscast, we’ve provided links to accesses the official second draft that will be the subject to public comment on January seventh as well as the unofficial draft of the revisions that was provided to the board on December third and discussed on December seventeenth. This draft shows the changes that were made to the proposed regulations between the first draft, which was discussed at the October fifteenth hearing, and the second draft, which will be opened for comment on January seventh, in red ink. At the December seventeenth workshop, the board also made edits to the unofficial draft which are not shown on the linked document, but are reflected in the official second draft.
The board invites anyone with comments on the second draft to attend the six o’clock public hearing on January seventh in the Aldermanic Chambers at City Hall. The board is accepting written comments until January fifth which may be submitted to p c d @ manchester n h dot gov. Please write “Public Comments to Proposed Regulations” in the subject line. All questions regarding the proposed regulations may also be sent to that e-mail address.
Click here for our interview with Planning Board Member Alderman Jim Roy about the proposed changes.
The Auburn Board of Selectmen will hold a public hearing on the evening of Monday, January fourth beginning at 7:00 in the Town Hall. The purpose is to receive public comment on the proposed withdrawal and expenditure of funds in the amount of sixty five hundred dollars from the Town Building Rehabilitation Capital Reserve Fund to the repair & retro fit nine parking lot lights to LED lights and replace of two Emergency Exterior Wall Sconces at the Town Hall and another forty seven hundred dollars to the replace the fire boxes / combustion chambers and combustion air actuators for both boilers of the heating system at the Safety Complex. Huh. This is how it’s supposed to work, by the way.
News from our own backyard continues after this.
The Strafford County Superior Court ruled yesterday that New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services should not have delayed releasing or redacted Planned Parenthood documents sought by New Hampshire Right to Life under the state’s Right to Know Law. The documents in question related to the licensing of Planned Parenthood’s distribution of the abortion drug, RU-486 and FDA safety protocols required under New Hampshire law. N H Right to Life believed Planned Parenthood was illegally dispensing the drug and sought documents to verify information they had obtained.
The state and Planned Parenthood admitted they collaborated to determine which parts of the documents should and should not be released. The court ruled was unamused, writing they quote “…should have produced the protocols to NHRTL without redactions…” The court also ordered the state to pay all attorneys’ fees and court costs incurred by New Hampshire Right to Life in filing the suit.
N H R T L President Jane Cormier said quote:
“It was clear Planned Parenthood and the NH Dept. of Health and Human Services worked together to try to thwart a legitimate Right to Know request from NHRTL…(This is a) victory for all community organizations, businesses, and individuals who seek transparency and fairness from their government.”
Cormier hammered H H S for breaking the law to give Planned Parenthood the ability to redact important information regarding RU-486 protocols, which Planned Parenthood was legally required to fully disclose. Said Cormier quote “It is our hope that in the future, Planned Parenthood will not receive unfair advantage and support from the New Hampshire Dept. of Health and Human Services.”
N H R T L Attorney Michael Tierney of the Wadleigh, Starr and Peters firm in Manchester said quote:
“The people of New Hampshire do not need permission from Planned Parenthood to see records that are theirs to see. The court was right to recognize that the state should not have given Planned Parenthood the ability to determine what is and is not a public document.”
The Manchester Public Works Director has waived his magic wand and suspended the city’s Odd/Even Overnight Winter Parking Rules, which means people can park on both sides of the street from tonight through Sunday the twenty seventh without fear of being ticketed, which is what they’ve been doing anyway, but at least for the next few days, it’ll be legit. Merry Christmas!
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