There are a lot of changes proposed in the new draft of the town’s zoning code, which will come before voters next October, but the change that has proved most controversial is the one referred to as Open Space Residential Development (OSRD).
According to the state’s Smart Growth website, OSRD is “an approach to residential development that promotes open space preservation based on environmental and social priorities. It features partnership in development design between municipal officials and developers that provides innovative flexible incentives for highest marketability, mixed housing types and land uses, and minimal disturbance to the natural terrain.”
At their meeting last night the Planning Board, which is charged with shepherding the new zoning bylaw to town meeting next fall, voted to create a subcommittee to look at the new OSRD provisions and attempt to find middle ground.
Reports the Metrowest Daily News:
After holding a discussion in private for roughly 20 minutes before opening the meeting, the Planning Board Monday elected to create a subcommittee to deal with a controversial open space bylaw.
The subcommittee meetings – which may or may not be posted – will be held in the interest of reaching a compromise with critics of the proposal, members said.
“I would like to see if we can make one last stand or opportunity to see if we can make something work,” said member Dana Cunningham, who proposed creating the subcommittee at the beginning of the meeting.
You can read more – including some interesting observations about whether the board’s private discussion was in accordance with open meeting law – in this article by the MWDN.