The week in government: Planning Board and BOS hearings on zoning

Above: These days, most meetings that used to welcome the public to attend in the Town House Hearing Room or other public facilities are accessible to the public by video/audio conference calls only.

Here are the posted committee and board meetings for this week along with my selected highlights from the agendas. All currently scheduled meetings are only available to the public virtually.*

As always, be aware that changes to the meeting schedule are known to happen throughout the week. (Last week, a couple meetings popped up that I didn’t list last Monday – scroll down for those details.) For an updated list of meetings, visit the town website.

Monday, March 29, 2021

  • Planning Board Meeting, 7:00 pm @ Virtual Meeting (agenda) Hearing packets: Agenda Highlights: Hearings on 96 Mt Vickery Rd and zoning Warrant Articles; discussion on 120 Turnpike Road Major Site Plan (Every Body Balance yoga studio)
  • Capital Planning Committee Meeting, 7:30 pm @ Virtual Meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Vice Chair Election; School Research subcommittee -Votes related open seat and potential charge revision, update; Space Needs RFQ; Update on One Stop Grant submission; Next steps on Newton St and other water mains and road & sidewalk maintenance; planning process for FY23 and beyond

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

  • Board of Health Meeting, 9:00 am @ Virtual Meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Noise Pollution Complaint re Ken’s Food Warehouse; FY22 Budget; Town Meeting presentation; Revolving accounts; Shared Services Grant; Discuss regionalization
  • Advisory Committee Meeting, 6:30 pm @ Virtual Meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Community Preservation Committee Warrant Articles; Board of Health budget; FY22 budget; Vote on certain Warrant Articles; Advisory Report to ATM
  • Board of Selectmen Meeting, 6:30 pm @ Virtual Meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Public Hearing – Downtown District Bylaw

Thursday, April 1, 2021

  • Conservation Commission Meeting, 7:00 pm @ Virtual Meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Hearings on Notice of Intent for 9 Barn Lane pool, 41 Oregon Rd garage, 5 Nathan Stone Way lawn expansion; Hearing on 192 Woodland Rd single family homes Stormwater Management Permit and NOI; Update on 84 Main St; Requests for Certificate of Compliance for Leeds Way, 9 Barn Lane, and 32 Boston Rd; request for 2 Yr extension of Order of Conditions for Dairy Farm Lane

Looking Back:

Below are meetings from last week that were posted after I ran last week’s list: 

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

  • Southborough Housing Authority Meeting, 5:00 pm @ virtual meeting (agenda, videoAgenda Highlights: Report of the Executive Director; approve bill payments

Friday, March 26, 2021

  • Southborough Housing Opportunity Partnership Committee Meeting, 8:00 am @ virtual meeting (agenda, videoAgenda Highlights: Master Plan Committee Update – Housing Chapter Goals; HPP Implementation Planning – Next Steps; Affordable Housing Trust – 5-year Plan – Grant Submission
  • Open Space Preservation Commission Meeting, 10:00 am @ virtual meeting (agenda, videoAgenda Highlights: 97 Mt Vickery Road; Updates on Master Plan & Downtown bylaw; Golf Course; SOLF Pollinator Habitat, Library pollinator preservation garden; Seed Workshops; Wildlife Habitat Certification; Earth Day Planet Palooza; Town-Owned Open Space Review
  • Affordable Housing Trust Fund Committee Meeting, 12:00 pm @ virtual meeting (agenda, videoAgenda Highlights: Update/vote on Stockwell Lane; Discuss additional funds

*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. Live streaming of school committee meetings is only available for viewing via webinars. 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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