Hess seeking permission from zoning board to build Bedford facility
“Why is it that Hess, a multi-national corporation with unlimited resources cannot shell out $5,000 for an appropriate study? Perhaps it is because they know what it will say. It will say that the risks of environmental contamination, especially in a town that is served by private wells, risks of criminal activities, traffic and noise, etc., would diminish neighboring properties,” she said.
“Your ordinance prohibits in this zone gasoline service stations. I think it’s important to look at the definition of what a gasoline service station is,” said Tucker. “The key here is supplying goods and services. Everything sold here is at retail. No service is provided, Nobody will change or check your oil. Nobody’s going to check the pressure of your tires. I think the facility should be called a fueling facility. Retail is specifically permitted in this zone. We feel it is consistent with the commercial zone.”
“This whole section of Bedford was put to the townspeople and it should be put back to the townspeople. If they want to make a change, put it to a town vote next March or beyond. There are 20,000 somewhat people in this town and we need the voice,” he said.
“It seems to me as a layman that the applicants are essentially creating their own hardship by purchasing or contracting to purchase a piece of land that does not allow gas stations, and are now coming before you guys to build a gas station,” Anderson said.
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