Marlborough, NH Takes a Stand Against Lower Prices http://www.freestateblogs.net/node/13013
In Marlborough, any property (no, not building but property) of over 10,000 square feet needs a waiver from the zoning board. That doesn't sound like a big deal. Dollar General is one of the fastest expanding stores in the US. It decided that the Keene area would be a great place to build a store. There are currently only two dollar stores in the area. There is a Wal-Mart dollar store in Hinsdale and a Dollar Tree in Keene.
Dollar General applied for a zoning waiver to build a store on Route 101 in Marlborough. Did the zoning board say yes to the construction jobs? Did the zoning board say yes to the retail jobs? Did the zoning board say yes to the lower prices for people throughout the Keene area? Did the zoning board say yes to more lower property taxes for residents? Of course not. The zoning board decided to take a unanimous stand against lower prices.
Why such hostility to helping the community? The Keene Sentinel has an idea. "Little said the store would generate 160 trips per day from customers, which, compared to current traffic, is insignificant. He read from a transportation department survey from 2009 that said Route 101 in that area sees 12,000 vehicles per day."
As someone that drives on Route 101 from time to time, I would like to thank the government of Marlborough for this wonderful decision. God bless Marlborough and the wonderful saints that run the zoning board.
I would also like to give a special shout out to the Winchester Historic Commission for blocking another Dollar General from entering the Keene area earlier in the year.