Not grotesque, but the result of hard work


To the Editor:

In response to Doug Cabral’s barrage of opinion [At Large: Saying why and saying it clearly, March 27, and At Large: The ‘Not our crowd’ approach to zoning against big houses, March 20] on the proposed Chilmark zoning bylaws, maybe he would not refer to the proposal as grotesque if he had seen the literally thousands of hours spent by really smart people who considered information from many sources, analyzed scads of town data and reached many compromises before formulating this extremely thoughtful and carefully constructed proposal. Which, by the way, has the unanimous support of the Chilmark planning board (which includes those in the building trade).

Although there were many in town who wanted a more restrictive proposal, the proposed limits were chosen primarily because they create so few outliers – of the 1,278 houses in town, 19 (just over one percent) would exceed the limits, and the majority of those by 500 sq. ft. or less.

And yes, no one likes to infringe on someone else’s freedom. But where good judgment fails, and where the well-being of neighbors, the community, and the land is ignored, enacting some rules seems like a very good idea.

Other than height and setback requirements, Chilmark currently has no restriction on how big you can build. We all love Chilmark, even if we don’t love rules. It is time to put something in place to protect this community.

Jessica Roddy