On April 24 the voters of Williamstown, at a special meeting, will be asked to vote on Article 3. A vote in favor would permanently designate property near the middle of town as "conservation," removing the land from any use other than agricultural. The property in question, the Lowry property in particular, the town purchased for a new school, not for relegating it to conservation.
Those advocating voting for Article 3 have been creative in their arguments. But we have no shortage of places in our "town beautiful" for hiking, horseback riding, and growing hay. Who knows what the needs of the town will be in the future?
As a former municipal manager, I am aware that the planning profession has long preferred developing the already utility-served area near the town center rather than extending development to the periphery, which extends the need for water and sewer lines and public transportation.
For the sake of generations yet to come, we should preserve the flexibility to provide town services within the town. Please vote against Article 3 at this special meeting, thus not restricting our town’s continuing oversight of its future. SAMUEL HUMES