If you are interested in these kinds of questions—what are the impacts of growth and preservation in the I-495 region, where should development be directed in our community, what land is a priority for protection—then you should come to the Planning Board meeting tomorrow evening, Wednesday, May 11, at 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall. Several state and regional agencies are about to engage in a large-scale regional land use and development study, and representatives from the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) will lead a presentation and discussion about the effort. More information about this is here.
Immediately following this, the Planning Board will review the latest draft of the to-be-proposed Mixed Used Village Overlay zoning bylaw changes. The Mixed Use Village Overlay is, in my view, one of the most important proposed changes in zoning to come along in a while, as far the potential for long-term impact on the character of town. If you care about what the town will be like in 10 or 20 years, especially the gateway area around the I-495 interchange, I urge you to pay attention to this work. Click here to view the latest draft version of these changes. Forward any comments to the Town Planner or the Planning Board. Or go to the meeting on Wednesday!