MWDN: Southborough board still waiting on zoning document

by susan on August 15, 2012

The Planning Board met this week to continue their discussion about a proposed overhaul of the town’s zoning bylaw, and they took some heat from the Advisory Committee because a promised comparison document still has not been made available.

The Advisory Committee has argued a so-called “red-line” document that would compare the old and new code is essential to help residents understand the proposed changes. Earlier this month they successfully lobbied selectmen to delay a special town meeting on the changes from October to January or February in part because a comparison document has not been produced.

Despite promises that the document would be available soon, as of Monday’s meeting, it still wasn’t, and that led to some frustration on the part of the Advisory Committee. Reports the Metrowest Daily News:

“I’m mystified here,” Advisory Committee Chairwoman Claire Reynolds told the Planning Board after Chairman Don Morris said he was expecting the document “any minute now” but that it still wasn’t ready.

Morris said at a July 31 selectmen meeting that the document — which should allow residents to compare the old zoning bylaws to new proposed new zoning bylaws — would be finished within a week.

“We are now at the 13th with no document,” said Reynolds, who asked whether the contract between the town and Boston-based Community Opportunities Group was being fulfilled.

“There’s been a tremendous amount of money paid to this constant,” Reynolds said, as the initial contract called for about $75,000. “I think we really need to see if this consultant is giving us what (they) said was going to be provided.”

You can read more details in this article by the Metrowest Daily News.

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