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Letter: Accessory Dwelling Unit Ordinance Should Not Have Been Approved

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To the Editor,

Upon reflection of the Town Council meeting on January 12, 2021, specifically the discussion and subsequent vote to approve the Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) proposal, I’m deeply concerned about the process of vetting this proposal. The sub-committees had asked for an in-depth analysis on the impact of approving the proposal on town services (sewer, police, fire and environmental) and why the need to expand the already ADU policy in place. This was not done.

What was also disappointing is the tone and tenor by Councilman Sweeney during the public comment period. His dismissiveness and lack of willingness to listen to an alternative perspective is the exact language and rhetoric the majority party has been railing against.

Finally, the lack of digging deep into the details around this proposal makes me wonder what other policies were rushed through without thorough thought and education. I hope my fellow residents question our leaders in understanding the details of polices. The Pension Obligation Bond (POB) topic now before the Town Council will have an impact on all residents. Hopefully, the majority party and Councilman Sweeney will be more open to other solutions and a civil dialogue.

Mark Merritt
Chairman, West Hartford Republican Town Committee

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