Though Plymouth residents rejected the idea of establishing an auto dealership presence in Colony Place five months ago, it’s back on the table. As a result of selectmen support, the article to amend Plymouth’s zoning bylaw to include car dealerships was presented once again to the town planning board Monday night.
During their meeting, the board held a public hearing to understand how residents still feel about this controversial issue. David Gilar, managing partner of the Home Depot plaza, stated that he was passionately opposed to the article, “There’s sufficient land already presently zoned for automobile dealerships. I see no reason to add extra acreage when there’s sufficient land right now to handle any of the needs for any automobile dealers in Plymouth.”
Gilar also mentioned that he believes a dealership will “drive down the value of the land”.
Selectmen Bill Hallisey was in attendance and defended the article, stating that a new business will create more jobs.
The Plymouth Planning Board voted to make a recommendation at the fall town meeting to support the modified Colony Place zoning to include car dealerships. Yet, Chair Marc Garrett is still not convinced, “I voted to recommend approval. I mean as a land user I think I have a slightly different opinion. I don’t think I would want my municipal water supplies near industrial or commercial zones but that’s the way it is and that’s the way it’s been for years in Plymouth. I don’t know that the old reasons are necessarily justifiable now as they were then.”