Charlotte Town Plan amendments approved

SCOOTER MACMILLAN
Staff Writer

An overwhelming majority of the 340 people who voted in Charlotte’s single-issue election on Monday, Nov. 4, supported changes to the Town Plan.

The amendments were primarily additions to the Town Plan intended to make the town more energy efficient and support the development of more renewable energy.

The modifications passed by a vote of 278-62.

Christina Booher, Assistant Town Clerk and Treasurer, said that at the time of the election there were 3,252 registered voters in town, so just 10% of voters turned out for the election. She said this was around the same amount who usually vote in single-issue elections.

These changes to the Town Plan will bring Charlotte into compliance with state guidelines and give the town a preferred status, or more weight, in hearings before the state.

The selectboard meeting on Monday started with an opportunity for voters to find out more about the proposed changes. No one questioned the changes, but planning commission chair Peter Joslin spoke of his support for the amendments to the Town Plan.

“It gives the town substantial deference when and if someone comes forward with a proposal for alternative energy,” said Joslin. “So, to me personally, I think it’s a very good thing that the town should and would want that ability. We’ve spent a lot of time and energy protecting the open spaces. I think this gives us more leverage of having a stronger say in terms of where the open space is that we want to protect.”

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