Letter: Pushing Smart Growth in Lyme
To the Editor:
We are writing to correct and clarify some information from the March 13 Valley News article about the Lyme Town Meeting (“Lyme: Condition of Roads at Issue”), which included a description of a proposed amendment to Lyme’s ordinance to allow conservation neighborhoods within walking distance (one mile) of the Lyme Common on Route 10.
First, just to clarify: The proposed amendment had nothing to do with voting procedures and everything to do with whether Lyme will ever allow anyone to build alternatives to single-family homes, which has been the norm in Lyme for some time now.
By way of correction, this amendment was brought forward by the Pinnacle Project LLC. Liz Ryan Cole is one of its managers. There are now 22 people living in Lyme, the Upper Valley and elsewhere who belong to the project.
Finally, our proposal advocates a component of smart growth — the practice of allowing both residential and business use on one lot — since one of Pinnacle’s goals is to keep open a 100-year-old business, the Loch Lyme Lodge.
We still have a faint hope that Lyme will change its zoning to allow clustered multi-family homes in at least a small part of town. Perhaps then, people of more modest means will be able to stay and live in Lyme in homes with a smaller environmental footprint.
Rich and Lin Brown
Liz and Chuck Cole
Jay and Amy Kelly
And other members of the Pinnacle Project