Topsham reviews ethics concerning designated planning board position

TOPSHAM — Town officials are reviewing whether Topsham Development Inc., which supports economic development in town, should have a designated planning board member on its board.

A change was made in 2012 to the TDI bylaws that added a designated planning board seat to the board of directors, according to Assistant Town Manager Mark Waltz. The town manager, town planner and economic and community development director are also designated members of the board, which must have at least nine members. Selectmen appoint the other board members, who are residents or members of the town’s business community.

As some controversial projects have gone before the planning board recently, Waltz said the question was raised as to whether it is appropriate to have a planning board member sit on TDI. The nonprofit corporation often advocates for projects the planning board is then responsible for reviewing to determine, objectively, whether it meets the

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