The Local Historic District Study Committee voted Monday night to recommend shelving the effort and passing over the warrant article seeking approval to create a Local Historic District in the town center. It was to be voted on at the upcoming Annual Town Meeting. After reviewing survey results and hearing strong opinions expressed at Monday night’s committee-sponsored forum, it was clear to the committee that after more than a year of effort there remain sharp divisions even among property owners within the proposed district as to whether the proposed bylaw should move forward. There was a desire expressed by several opponents of the LHD proposal at Monday’s forum to seek alternative ways of ensuring preservation of historic properties. It is expected that the Study Committee, having completed its work, will disband.
Results of the committee’s town-wide survey were distributed Monday evening and are available for viewing and download below.