Vince O'Connor far left, David Williams front, Kyle Wilson center
If you ever wondered why almost nothing ever gets built in the bucolic college town of Amherst, just peruse these snippets from last Wednesday's 3.5 hour Planning Board meeting.
40 year activist, or should I say "community organizer," Vince O'Connor had a good point or two concerning parking -- or lack thereof -- at the newly proposed "Olympia Place," a 75 unit dormitory style (private) student housing development springing up where a rowdy defunct frat house currently stands.
But he kind of went overboard attacking the height of the building with his medieval serfs vs the castle metaphor.
Since moving to North Amherst only a few years ago Melissa Perot has become the Joan of Arc for slaying development. But she can get on your nerves (and I'm pretty sure it's not the accent).
North Amherst resident Melissa Perot railing against development before Town Meeting
Town Meeting approved "mixed use development" zoning in village centers last session, and the Planning Board was discussing a minor technical tweak ... but that didn't stop Ms. Perot from launching into a do over of the battle she and fellow NIMBYs lost by a more than two-thirds vote.