Despite months of overwhelming public opposition the majority of the current Northampton County board of supervisors have continued to pursue their proposed zoning changes. At best, this reflects an egotistical, “we know better than you” attitude. At worst, it reeks of money driven back room deals with nameless individuals or corporations unwilling to publicly speak up for this zoning but who will most certainly benefit from it.
Whatever the current board’s motivations, given the longstanding public opposition along with the apparent desire of the new board created by the last week’s election to want to reconsider at least some of the zoning changes, the now lame duck majority has an ethical obligation to put off any vote on the zoning changes until after the new board is in place.
The current board’s actions in what remains of this year, and their term in office, will tell everyone a lot about where they believe their obligations lie.