To the editor:
I have just finished reading Sam Coulbourn’s letter in support of the site plan review proposal (the Times, Tuesday, Sept. 4), and I wholeheartedly agree.
I am not one to sit for long periods of time, but found that if you want to learn what is happening in our quaint little town, you need to attend the meetings.
One such meeting was the Planning Board. They have been most informative as to what the group, Preserve Rockport, is trying to do, such as improve requirements for site plan review.
There have been many helpful advisors throughout the meetings who are genuinely concerned for our towns well-being. Preserve Rockport is attempting to do just that — preserve the quality of the town, and, of course, continue to grow and build.
We have residents from many areas of Rockport who are taking the time to meet and air ideas and opportunities of how we can retain the beauty and character of the town while still continuing to grow and build.
A new homeowner stated that he had been around the world and found that Rockport was the most desirable place to build as it had such beauty. He, along with a few other home buyers have transformed the “thumbprint” of a neighborhood into huge sprawling buildings that are not conforming to the neighborhood and that is where the site plan review requirements need to be revised in order that perhaps, other neighbors will be spared the monstrosities that are coming about.
They will still be able to build their castles and no one can say “not in my neighborhood” — but maybe we can have an overview before the actual building goes up and way before the old one comes down.
I hope that many residents come to Monday night’s Fall Town Meeting to hear for themselves what the articles are about. Our interest is in the quality of this town and only that.