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Downtown District zoning: Planning’s changes please opponents but frustrate proponents; Article may be pulled

September 30, 2021 10:49:31 AM
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After months of meetings, forums, and hearings, the Planning Board, Board of Selectmen, and vocal downtown residents and abutters came to apparent consensus on a proposed Downtown District Bylaw to present to Town Meeting voters. Unfortunately, that version is one that doesn’t pass muster with the group that initially spearheaded the initiative.

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Downtown zoning: Suggestions, map issues, economic questions, transparency, and status

July 23, 2021 04:51:51 PM
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This week, the Planning Board reopened hearings on proposed changes to the Downtown District Bylaw.

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Special Town Meeting: Date pushed; Downtown District zoning hearings to reopen (with same map)

July 14, 2021 05:39:03 PM
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Last night the Board of Selectmen voted to delay the Special Town Meeting that had been scheduled for October 4th. The date is now tentatively reset to November 1st.

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EDC: “Facts and Figures”and an update on Rte 9 Business Corridor District and other initiatives

June 17, 2021 12:11:13 PM
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A report from the EDC this spring includes some interesting data on Southborough land, businesses, and residents. It also included a now outdated update on some initiatives. So, I’m updating on those.

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Downtown Zoning Article tabled to Fall Meeting

April 15, 2021 03:33:45 PM
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This week, selectmen agreed to push off again the Article to revamp zoning for the Downtown District. Rather than tackling it at the Annual Town Meeting, the Board plans to schedule a Special Town Meeting in the fall.

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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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