Planning Board subcommittee to meet on Wednesday

Many of you were left with questions last week after the Planning Board voted to create a subcommittee charged with reviewing specific portions of a zoning code overhaul that will come before voters next fall. In particular, some of you asked whether the subcommittee would be required to meet in public and comply with the state’s Open Meeting law.

Yesterday the subcommittee posted a notice of their first meeting which will take place at 7:00 pm on Wednesday at Cordaville Hall. The meeting will be open to the public.

Subcommittee co-chairs Dana Cunningham and Paul Cimino, who are as far as I know the only members of the subcommittee, said their agenda for the meeting is to discuss the Open Space Residential Development (OSRD) provision in the new zoning code.

The proposed OSRD regulations, which offer “flexible incentives” to developers in exchange for open space preservation, have come under fire in the past few months. Both Southborough’s Open Space Preservation Commission and Conservation Commission have opposed the town’s proposed OSRD implementation, saying it skews to heavily in the favor of developers.

The Planning Board said last week they hope the subcommittee can find middle ground between supporters and opponents of the OSRD code before the entire zoning package is considered at a Special Town Meeting in October.

You can view the subcommittee’s agenda for their meeting on Wednesday on the town website.

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