Zoning: Mason Drive-in Theatre

Nostalgia dwells up in our heart whenever we drive past the Milford Drive-In Theater.

However, even if the proposed Mason Zoning amendment were to pass and allow such a thing in Mason; a second and third layer of regulations would probably preclude economic viability.

If you wonder why there are so few “businesses”, things to do or places to buy merchandise in Mason, See Artcle VIII of the Planning Ordinances or the planning board’s site plan review regulations which may also apply.

Live here, by all means. Work here… good luck with that idea.

Express your view, one way or the other June 7 masonnh.us

1 comment for “Zoning: Mason Drive-in Theatre

  1. thauri
    June 5, 2016 at 16:14

    The ballot before us next Tuesday is seriously flawed and deserves a resounding “No” vote. All zoning uses should be defined as narrowly as possible, and “seasonal outdoor entertainment” is a term far too vague and ambiguous to be allowed as a special exception. It doesn’t take long to come up with a list of activities that some people consider entertainment that could be enjoyed outdoors and in the summer. The current uses allowed by special exception in Article VIII,A,2,c are very specific and any additional uses should be just as specific.

    Furthermore, the standards listed in Article VIII,A,2,d, A&B which must be complied with under special exceptions are also vague and unenforceable. Phrases such as “orderly and reasonable use”, “obnoxious… odors”, “excessive…noise” are so ill-defined as to invite endless argument. Is trying to sleep at 9 PM in the summer with an open window an “orderly and reasonable” use of my bedroom? I think so, but someone else might think (as this ballot implies) that 11 PM is more reasonable. When Peavey and Fender, half a mile away, are rattling the sash of my open window, is that excessive “noise” or is it merely the reasonable amplification of today’s “music”?

    Such vagueness only invites additional pressure on the Planning Board and the Select Board. Why they recommended this measure is beyond me. I’m sure the Chief of Police looks forward to refereeing arguments about what is reasonable and orderly, what is compliant and non-compliant.

    Speaking of which, who is going to bear the cost of enforcing these standards at all of the “seasonal entertainment” venues. The taxpayer? Sounds reasonable to me.

    As for the argument that there’s nothing to do here, well, that’s why some of us are here. If you want something to do, you can always ride a motorcycle with loud pipes through town, or fly a snarling aerobatic airplane over people’s houses or…read a book, listen to music without forcing others to listen, swim in the quarry or just go to Milford where there’s real excitement!

    Vote NO. Preserve the peace.

    Ted Hauri

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