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Downtown District Update: 80% wasn’t real; Split lots being examined; 3-4 story building heights (Updated)

April 1, 2021 01:40:50 PM
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In a hearing on the proposed zoning changes for the Downtown District, the public learned that one controversial detail wasn’t “real”. They also learned steps the Board of Selectmen are taking on another controversial issue. And selectmen learned that some district residents are up in arms over a third issue.

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Revised Downtown District zoning draft raises concerns – BOS hearing tonight

March 30, 2021 04:21:51 PM

This morning, the Town posted a revised draft of the Downtown District zoning bylaw to be discussed in tonight’s forum. If adopted as written, developers would be allowed up to 80% “lot coverage” without needing special permit.

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Selectmen to address concerns on Downtown zoning (including criticized map) – Tuesday

March 26, 2021 12:52:18 PM
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The Board of Selectmen has scheduled another forum on the proposed Downtown District zoning for Tuesday. This one is listed as a public hearing. Unlike their previous forum, the Board’s zoning consultants will be available to answer questions and provide clarity.

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Downtown District proposed zoning changes: Forum highlights; Hearings open Monday

February 20, 2021 08:24:38 PM
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The Board of Selectmen hosted a public forum on a plan for revitalizing downtown during their meeting last night.

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Downtown Initiative update: Selectmen holding forum Feb 16 on proposed zoning changes

February 5, 2021 01:47:49 PM
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At Annual Town Meeting, voters will be asked to adopt zoning changes proposed to revitalize the Downtown area. Here’s an update on the Town’s efforts.

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Over $1M in state authorizations/grants for “Southborough History Walk”, shared streets, Commuter Rail parking, and wastewater treatment

February 2, 2021 02:11:53 PM
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On Friday, Southborough announced state funding of a “Shared Winter Streets and Spaces” grant award. While I’m sharing that, I’m also including recent news about other state funding authorizations for our Town.

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Meeting on Downtown “Village Mixed Use Zoning” bylaw – October 6

September 30, 2020 09:59:25 AM
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Next week, multiple Town boards will discuss status and next steps for a proposed Village Mixed Use Zoning (VMUD) bylaw.

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Downtown property owners asked to resolve encroachments on railroad property

August 12, 2020 01:22:00 PM
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The owners of four parcels at the downtown railroad tracks are being informed that they are encroaching on land owned by the freight train company. The news could cause parking problems for businesses, especially a downtown restaurant.

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Downtown zoning revamp postponed

January 31, 2020 02:32:23 PM

The Economic Development Committee won’t be bringing a zoning Article to Town Meeting voters in March.

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Downtown Initiative: Zoning efforts update and “Roadshow” at Library

January 14, 2020 04:11:12 PM
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The Economic Development Committee plans to bring zoning changes to Town Meeting in March. Leading up to it, they’re trying to drum up public support.

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Downtown Initiative Forum – October 30th

October 23, 2019 02:25:31 PM
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The Economic Development Committee is holding a public forum next Wednesday night. The subject is the committee’s initiative to revitalize downtown Main Street.

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Downtown Initiative: EDC & BOS joint meeting; Town pursuing grant for zoning assistance

May 21, 2019 09:54:39 AM
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The discussion this Thursday will follow up on a discussion at the May 7th BOS meeting. On that night, selectmen approved EDC’s pursuit of a state grant to help their efforts.

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Planning and EDC reach apparent compromise on plan to revise mixed-use zoning for Downtown Business Village

May 6, 2019 03:30:00 PM
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Last week, the Economic Development Committee and Planning Board came to a tentative consensus on rewriting zoning to “revitalize” the Downtown Business Village.

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EDC forum on Downtown challenges and hopes: Septic constraints, zoning changes, and more

February 13, 2019 10:18:05 AM
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Last week, the Southborough community was invited to another forum on the Downtown Initiative. The public was briefed on experts’ recommendations for revitalizing the downtown area of Main Street. The Economic Development Committee also shared some of the obstacles and thoughts on how to overcome them.

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