As you probably know by now, one of the Warrant Articles up for vote at Wednesday’s Town Meeting is the rezoning of the Gulbankian property at 40 Mount Vickery Road. (If you aren’t aware or need a refresher on this zoning issue, click here for past coverage.)
In preparation for the vote, the family has produced a following video to let voters know who they are. Their story is being played this weekend on the public access channel, and they asked me to share it with readers.
In addition, the family wants people to read the petition behind the Warrant Article, to better understand when it comes time to vote. The letter is below.
GULBANKIAN FAMILY LAND RE-ZONING PETITION
2014 ANNUAL TOWN MEETING – ARTICLE 30
This is a citizens’ petition to rezone land owned by the Gulbankian Family.
The land is an 8.2 acre parcel known as “Gulbankian Farms” located at Cordaville Road and Mount Vickery Road.
On this land are several longstanding agricultural, commercial and light industrial uses: flower shop (50+ years), machine shop (25+ years) and bus depot (50+ years).
Very simply, the proposal is to rezone the land from a Residential District to an Industrial District.
The new district would be the most appropriate framework for zoning regulation of the small businesses located on the property.
It would also be consistent with the Industrial zone located across Cordaville Road (NSTAR) and across Mount Vickery Road (Town Center Shopping Plaza).
If the property is rezoned, the bus depot now on the land will close and be replaced by a “commercial or light industrial” use.
The replacement uses are limited to activities allowed “as a matter of right” within an Industrial District, subject to Site Plan Review by the Planning Board.
The proposed zoning will support the continuation of small family businesses and help to preserve the rural agricultural character of Southborough.
This Article is supported by the Board of Selectmen and is part of a settlement agreement between the Family and the Town.