Another ethics question, but this is an easy one, I think. Is there ever a time when a board member should declare a conflict of interest when voting to adopt policy? Say the town has discussed allowing a certain use, but has not yet amended the rules to allow it. Mr.Pink comes to meeting and requests a permit for the use. The board denies, of course, but notes that it will get to work immediately to write the desired amendment. When the amendment comes to the board for a vote, one member is unsure whether to abstain. Why? He is a real estate agent who represents the prospective seller of the land on which Mr. Pink has requested the use, and the sale of the land (resulting in big bucks for the realtor) depends on the passage of the amendment. I would say the official can safely vote, as it is clearly a legislative decision. Is this correct? What would you do?