The week in government: EDC on Downtown Business Village zoning Article

Above: These days, meetings that usually take place in the Town House Hearing Room or other public facilities are being run by video/audio conference calls accessible to the public.

Here is a selection of the committee and board meetings for the week along with my selected highlights from the agendas. (For late June, there’s a lot going on this week.)

The Town intends to make each of its meetings available for viewing/listening via streaming live (and saved) video and audio on YouTube with some available for public comment by zoom.* 

As always, be aware that changes to the meeting schedule are known to happen throughout the week. For an updated list of meetings, visit the town website.

Monday, June 29, 2020

  • Open Space Preservation Commission Meeting, 11:00 am  [click here to watch the meeting that already took place] (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Review Planning Board Consultant’s report on open space at Stonebrook Subdivision and site walk; Review EDC Downtown bylaw proposal; discuss Municipal Vulnerability Plan and Nature Based Solutions; Consider alternatives for previously planned Native Pollinator/ Native Plant Initiative activities; Budget Review; Open Space and Rec Plan Chapter 61 next steps

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

  • Master Plan Committee Meeting, 7:30 am @ Virtual Meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Review Visioning Statement; committee reorganization
  • Personnel Board Meeting, 12:00 pm @ Virtual Meeting (agenda, Materials packet) Agenda Highlights: Election of Chair and Clerk; Report on New Hires; Communicating approved SAP revisions to depts/boards; Recommendations for changing the review process; SAP revisions for FY22
  • Economic Development Committee Meeting, 6:00 pm @ Virtual Meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Status of Village Mixed Use District (VMUD) Zoning Article

Thursday, July 2, 2020

  • Southborough Cultural Arts Meeting, 5:45 pm @ Virtual Meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Silver Linings Fall Art Exhibit; Update on Grants & Financials

*There is the caveat that there could be technical glitches that force the Town to take backup actions:

No in-person attendance of members of the public will be permitted, but every effort will be made to ensure that the public can adequately access the proceedings in real time, via technological means. In the event that we are unable to do so, despite best efforts, we will post on Southborough’s website an audio or video recording, transcript, or other comprehensive record of proceedings as soon as possible after the meeting.

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