Zoning Out Planned Parenthood

While Planned Parenthood isn't even currently considering an office in Gardner, Mass., opponents of the nonprofit have petitioned the Planning Board to create zoning limitations that would exclude them from opening up shop.

The Planning Board will consider the petition, which was signed by 703 locals, at their February meeting.

George Barnes reports that the petition "...seeks to change the city zoning ordinance to require a special permit from the City Council to operate a medical office in the central business district and neighborhood business district."

"'Such an organization would be a danger to the people of greater Gardner, especially our pregnant women and babies,' the petition stated."

Full Story: Planned Parenthood foes ask board to deny permit



Terrible Abuse of Zoning

If this passes it will prove that the practice of zoning in America is no longer serving it's intended purpose and that it is implicitly acceptable to use zoning to oppress those in the voting minority. While there is merit for form-based code and certainly a vital need to protect property owners from neighbors whose land-uses damage the surrounding environment, create too much noise, and/or generate excess traffic in areas without supporting infrastructure, introducing zoning simply to prevent certain type of businesses (or nonprofits) because some residents don't agree with the mission of the entity, whether or not they intend to patronize the establishment, is flat out abuse. I question the very Constitutionality of such a restriction.

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