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Downtown District Zoning: A look at the specifics

October 21, 2021 05:22:25 PM
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I’m trying to make it easier for readers to understand what would and wouldn’t change under zoning Article 10 of the Special Town Meeting Warrant.

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Downtown District zoning: Compromise reached on the allowed mix in mixed-use

October 20, 2021 10:50:00 AM
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Last night, selectmen voted to approve bringing a revised version of the Downtown District zoning bylaw to Town Meeting voters in less than two weeks. It accepts compromises reached between the Planning Board and the Economic Development Committee.

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BOS stood by its vote on Downtown zoning; Advisory warns voters wary of multi-family housing

October 8, 2021 03:15:10 PM

This week, the Economic Development Committee failed to convince the Board of Selectmen to walk back changes to the proposed Downtown District zoning bylaw. Later, an Advisory Committee member predicted that an aspect EDC, BOS and Planning haven’t been discussing will sink the Special Town Meeting Article.

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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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Town Meeting Update: Proposed zoning process improvements

May 21, 2021 12:31:23 PM
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Two Articles on the Warrant for Saturday’s Annual Town Meeting focus on fixing issues in Town zoning bylaws. Although neither would seem to be controversial, voters can be nervous about zoning changes. So, I’m giving an overview of each.

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Town Meeting Update: Outdoor Lighting Bylaw

May 21, 2021 10:52:02 AM
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Voters who haven’t been paying close attention to the Outdoor Lighting Bylaw may have questions or misperceptions. So, it’s (past) time to focus on what it does and doesn’t ask to do.

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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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