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January 16, 2013

Officials pitch new zoning for Town Yard site

Public hearings scheduled for February

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The proposal also establishes a minimum size for projects to be considered. While the proposal currently reflects projects that are two acres in size or larger, discussion between the Board of Selectmen and Planning Board Discussion this week teased the idea of lowering the requirement to increase flexibility.

“There are a million different ways you can break (the land) up,” Lelani Loder, member of the Planning Board, said. “If the town elected to sell just an acre of the three total to some of the abutters and a developer was to approach ... I mean, there are just a ton of different scenarios you can create.”

After discussing the plan, the boards also set up two dates to collect public feedback on the proposal. This marks the first time the Board of Selectmen has allowed the public to speak on the project.

Up to now, work on the Town Yard has been limited to a workshop environment, which the board established since the first session wasn’t going to allow for public comment.

Cyr Circle resident Mary Carbone, a frequent audience member at Board of Selectmen meetings and vocal opponent to relocating the Town Yard, restated her opposition to them Monday night.

“We’ve been having work sessions for quite some time,” Board of Selectmen Chairman Paul Salafia said. “I’ve been promising that we’d have some public meetings.”

The two boards will meet at Memorial Hall Library on Thursday, Feb. 7 and Thursday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. to take in public input. A third meeting of Monday, Feb. 25 has also been established if necessary.

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