MWDN: Southborough zoning changes shelved until summer

I can’t say I’m surprised to hear this news out of last night’s Board of Selectmen meeting. Reports the Metrowest Daily News:

A Special Town Meeting regarding an overhaul to zoning bylaws that officials had penciled in for February will be now pushed back until June at the earliest, Planning Board members said Monday.

“There’s just some more products that need to be completed before it will really be ready for the voters to take a good look at it,” Planning Board Chairman Don Morris told selectmen.

Specifically, the board is waiting on a state analysis of what changes the town could see if the zoning were enacted, Morris said, and is also looking to be able to present updated zoning maps and comparison tables. It also wants to give the Advisory Committee time to do an analysis of the potential impact on the town’s finances, he said.

This is the second delay for the project, which officials originally hoped to take to voters in October, and comes after complaints the Planning Board is not doing enough to present the changes in a way voters can easily understand.

At last night’s meeting, Morris said the Planning Board will continue to hold public hearings on the proposed changes in advance of the anticipated Special Town Meeting this summer.

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

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