Vol. III No. 9 5/1/2022
Candidate Q&A — Bill Vogt for Planning Board
Here is my submission for the May 1 issue of Stockbridge Updates:
Why are you running?
I am running because as I approach the end of my first three-year term I remain committed to the ideal of what a Planning Board should be: a body that faithfully observes the zoning bylaws while never losing sight of the responsibility to preserve all that is beautiful and unique about Stockbridge.
What is your prime focus?
My prime focus for the upcoming term is to continue to serve the residents with energy and integrity. I have a track record now and feel there is much to be built on, including working with my colleagues to update zoning bylaws where necessary. Examples of this are working with the Select Board on trying to solve the parking problems in town and working with the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission on providing for Accessory Dwelling Units and improvements to the town's sign bylaw. I believe we should also carefully and objectively consider all reasonable possibilities for 37 Interlaken (the former DeSisto School). The current owner, in a presentation at a recent Select Board meeting, said he is willing to make significant changes to his original plans for the property. This could lead to what I have called "sensible growth," meaning an opportunity for additional property taxes without changes to the character of the town. The costs of building new bridges and a new high school, and taking care of Stockbridge Bowl, are significant and will be pressing in years to come.
What else would you like to tell the voters?
I love this town I've called home for 20 years. I'm proud of my business career in finance and of my service on the boards of a number of charities. I look forward to continuing to serve Stockbridge for the next five years on the Planning Board.
Photo: Jay Rhind