Category Archives: Town Meeting

Towns Can’t Ban Marijuana Shops; Zoning Moratoria OK

Towns and cities may not use zoning to ban marijuana shops, according to a recent ruling by the Attorney General’s Office. Zoning Ban Struck Down As noted in a previous post, municipal officials have been considering zoning provisions aimed at … Continue reading

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Southborough Grappling with Open Space Concerns in Proposed Zoning Bylaw

We have been tracking Southborough’s ongoing efforts to update and modernize its Zoning Bylaw for many months here at the Mirick Real Estate Law Blog.  See previous posts here, here, here and here.  As reported recently in the MetroWest Daily … Continue reading

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The Massachusetts Green Communities Act: Go Green Or Go Home

According to a recent study, 45% of all construction projects will be green by 2014.  The trend indicates that green projects will soon be the industry standard.  From international bodies to state and local government, lawmakers at all levels are … Continue reading

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Westborough to Regulate Solar Energy Projects

Voters at the Westborough Special Town Meeting this week approved a new zoning bylaw that requires large solar energy projects to undergo site plan review. Westborough is now the latest town to regulate solar installations, which have become increasingly common … Continue reading

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Southborough Releases Comparison Showing Proposed Zoning By-Law Changes

After much delay and not without some controversy, the Town of Southborough has released a comparison of its new proposed Zoning By-Law showing the changes from the existing By-Law.  The 119-page comparison document is available on the Town’s website here.  … Continue reading

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UPDATE: Vote on Southborough Zoning Overhaul Delayed to January Special Town Meeting

As an update to our previous posts here and here, the MetroWest Daily News is reporting that the Town of Southborough has pushed out a vote on the pending zoning overhaul from October to a special Town Meeting in January.  … Continue reading

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Work on Southborough Zoning Overhaul Continues

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At long last, Southborough residents and business owners may only be a few meetings away from seeing a final proposal to overhaul the town’s zoning bylaw. As we mentioned a few months ago, Southborough officials have been working for over three … Continue reading

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Town Meeting Roundup: Northborough

The next ‘Borough in our Town Meeting Roundup is Northborough, which holds its annual town meeting on Monday, April 23, starting at 7:30 p.m. The 52-article warrant (posted here) saves some interesting items for the end: Historic Building / Demolition … Continue reading

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Town Meeting Roundup: Southborough

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Next up in our review of town meeting season in the ‘Boroughs is Southborough, which holds its annual town meeting on Monday, April 9, starting at 7:00 p.m. The 24-article warrant (posted here) does not include a long-awaited overhaul of … Continue reading

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Town Meeting Roundup: Westborough

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This is the first in a series of blogs on town meeting season in the ‘Boroughs and neighboring communities. The New England town meeting is a unique form of local government that can inspire and/or confound participants and observers. I’ll … Continue reading

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