BRISTOL - A group of Bristol residents expressed their concern about the town's planning commission's recent 4-3 decision to permit the Lothrop family sand pit operation within the community's conservation zone May 3.
Residents against the pit don't like the fact that the small open-pit mining operation is so close to Bristol's downtown district; they directed their opposition to commission chairman Tom Wells and other members at the meeting.
The residents attended the commission meeting which included a review of the revised town plan.
Wells told attendees that Bristol's town plan provides a vision for the community which crafts short- and long-range planning.
During a commission vote last month, the sand and gravel operation was approved but several residents voiced the fact that a straw poll held during March's Town Meeting Day showed that barely 60 percent of town residents were against the pit.
Wells reminded attendees that the Town Meeting Day poll was not to be more than a public opinion pulse check. Also, not every resident of Bristol took part in the poll; so the poll results, as far as every town voice being heard, was not definitive. Fellow commissioner Kris Perlee noted that the poll was useful; it helped shape the opinions-some pro, some con-of commission members.
Residents also challenged the commission's definition and interpretation of the town's conservation zone.
Meanwhile, commission members said they could consider redefining what the definition of the zone meant. For example, not all areas within the zone needs conservation protection.