Meet the candidates for Sunapee’s Zoning Board

There are three contested races in Sunapee this year, for the school board, selectboard and zoning board of adjustment. On Election Day, March 13, voters will choose two of three candidates for the ZBA, term of office, 3-years. On the ballot are: Alex Kish, Clayton Platt and Daniel Schneider.

In response to our inquiry, candidates in these contested races sent Sunapee News information for publication. We asked the candidates to list their qualifications and occupation and respond to the following questions: Why are you running? What are your goals if elected? What other information would you like voters to know about your candidacy?

Posted earlier: Meet the candidates for Sunapee’s Selectboard. Responses from the school board candidates will follow later this week.

Meet this year’s candidates for the Sunapee Zoning Board of Adjustment.

Alex Kish

I am running to continue my commitment of providing a valuable service to the community I call home.

My goal as a zoning board member is to provide a fair and balanced approach to those seeking relief from a literal and rigid interpretation of the zoning ordinance, while at the same time preserving the vision the towns-people have for Sunapee, as articulated in our Master Plan.

I have been on the board for many years, coming up through the ranks first as alternate, then as member and currently as member and chairman. I bring a deep understanding of the zoning ordinance and rules of procedure and have the experience required to skillfully and effectively serve the folks of Sunapee.

Clayton Platt

Thank you for the opportunity to let the voters know a bit more about me.  I have been working as a land surveyor and consulting forester in the Lake Sunapee region since 1987. For the past 16 years I have run my own surveying company – Pennyroyal Hill Land Surveying and Forestry LLC. Two years ago I moved to Sunapee with my wife and three children.

I decided to run for the zoning board to volunteer some time to the community. I have extensive experience with the Sunapee Planning office and a working knowledge of the zoning ordinance. I also am familiar with the ordinances in neighboring towns and how those towns apply the rules and regulations. I believe that this knowledge will provide a value to the Board and the applicants coming before the Board for zoning relief

I have no agenda, either for or against zoning in general or anything in the Sunapee zoning in particular. Zoning is a valuable tool to help communities manage growth and land use. At the same time, zoning is restrictive in that it takes away certain rights held by property owners. I feel the role of the zoning board is to help balance those interests through the variance and special exception process.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions at claytonplatt@pennyroyalhilll.com.

Daniel Schneider

For the past three years I have served on the Sunapee Planning Board. Many items before the Planning Board  are first approved by the Zoning Board of Appeals. I came to realize that I would be interested in participating in the ZBA approval process.

My goal, if elected, would be to maintain the integrity of our zoning laws while realizing that exceptions can be made for cases in which there would be no harm to neighbors, the character of the town, or the environment.

Qualifications: I have lived full time in Sunapee since 2006, serving on the Planning Board since 2009.  I retired from State Street Corporation, where I was Managing Director and Funds Management Division Head.  I have an A.B.  from Brown University and an MBA from Tulane University. I currently serve on the Board of Adventures in Learning and have served on the Board of Lake Sunapee Protective Association. My wife Kiki and I have two children.

Occupation: Retired

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Election Day is Tuesday, March 13, 2012. The polls in Sunapee will be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Sherburne Gym, Route 11. Information about absentee voting is available at the town clerk’s office.

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