Letter to the Editor: Supporting Chris Gittins for Planning Board

March 9, 2021

Submitted by Renee Nichols

My friends and neighbors, I am pleased to have this opportunity to express to you my support for Chris Gittins in the upcoming election for the Planning Board. Having known Chris for over ten years, I am confident that his career experiences as a scientist and engineer, along with his perspective as a parent with young children, will make him a valuable addition to our Planning Board.

As a mother who is concerned about the effects of climate change and how it will impact my children and future generations, I like that Chris is green-minded and plans to help Bedford reduce its collective carbon footprint and take steps towards creating more renewable energy for our community. Chris supports using our zoning bylaws to motivate developers to build more energy-efficient buildings. Chris also supports the building of Accessory Dwelling Units to provide more house options for people who are often priced out of Bedford’s housing market, and he will work to support the proposed bylaw amendments to make it easier for residents to build ADUs. Chris will use his expertise to think and plan carefully about how to put into action the state’s new law requiring by-right mixed-use buildings along MBTA transit lines. He knows this will create more middle-income-affordable houses and wants to plan thoughtfully to be sure the shops and housing units will fit nicely in the already existing neighborhoods.

Chris is thoughtful, conscientious, and hardworking. He has the vision we need to lead Bedford forward in our changing world. I urge you to join me in supporting Chris Gittins in the March 13th election.

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