Vol. II No. 17 9/1/2021
Stockbridge Updates starts the conversation:
It seems as if there are at least three lessons from history.
- It is not the job of Town Boards to worry about how a developer will make money or to plan its project. It is the job of Town Boards to represent and uphold the Town's interests. A development is the result of the negotiation between Town and developer. Each representing its own interests and finding a compromise.
- Moreover, when Town Boards try, it doesn't work. Shatz asked what Travaasa needed "to get this done" and presumably did it. The result was the same when later Town reps opposed the Desisto project.
- There is an order to the process: the developer brings a plan to the Town and then, when it is before them, the Town Board considers it. It is painful to watch the wasted taxpayer dollars and human effort as the PB tries, in advance of a developer presenting a plan, to shape development.
Join in. What's your take?
The story of summer 2021/golf course flooded again. Photo: Glen Bergman