Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Commission Meeting November 8, 2007

The Newington Conservation Commission will meet again on November 8, 2007. The package and agenda can be downloaded here. We meet at 7 PM at the Town Hall in Newington, NH.

Unfortunately, the PDA has now completed its legal maneauverings to have the prime wetlands designation for all wetlands on the PDA-owned property invalidated. This places the burden on the Conservation Commission to either appeal the NHDES permit for the 100 Arboretum Drive project adjacent to prime wetlands, or simply recognize that the PDA has no wetlands protections in place.

I won't discuss the NHDES reasoning in detail here as the matter is likely to end up in the courts. However, there are significant flaws with the NHDES's reasoning. Unfortunately, the PDA is extremely well connected both legally and politically, and it is likely to take an independent court such as the NH Supreme Court to resolve the issue.

-Justin Richardson, Chairman
Newington Conservation Commission

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