[Update/Editor’s note: A friend observed that my headline implied coverage was of the Planning Board. That wasn’t my intent. I just wanted to point out the relevance of these stories to business currently in front of the Planning Board.]
Two topics of recent stories by The Metrowest Daily News are relevant to the agenda for tonight’s Planning Board meeting.
Tonight’s agenda includes discussion of the Barn Hollow open space parcel and continued public hearings on the Stone Brook Village development.
Southborough commission, neighbors discuss problematic land – from MWDN:
The Open Space Preservation Commission Thursday held an open dialogue with two neighbors affected by the recent dispute over undeveloped land at Barn Hollow, resolving some problems but parting with still many unanswered questions. . .
[Barn Lane resident Brendan Leonard] said he believes whatever action homeowners are required to take should be consistent across the town. He said there are likely many other homeowners in other parts of town that have infringed on, and that taking enforcement – and possibly legal – action against just Barn Hollow residents wouldn’t be fair.
“Isn’t there room for reasonable people to reach a reasonable conclusion?” he asked, noting that the town hasn’t said anything about the infringements for the past decade. (read more)
Neighbors appeal board ruling on Southborough’s Oregon Road project – from MWDN:
Oregon Road residents Meme Luttrell and Lisa Braccio on Thursday filed an appeal of a recent Zoning Board of Appeals decision that would give town developer Bill Depietri partial permission to build a senior housing project on their street.
Depietri originally received approval for a 15-condo affordable housing project in 2010, but changed his mind in 2011 and applied for 15 senior condos.
Braccio and Luttrell believe the town’s bylaw as written only allows the ZBA to grant approval for senior housing projects that are proposd by nonprofits, pointing to a section of town code that seems to back such a view. (read more)