Marijuana Regulations a Joint Effort

On April 1, 2018, businesses may begin to apply for licenses to operate recreational marijuana establishments in cities and towns throughout the Commonwealth. On November 20, 2017, a mere six months from that date, the Mattapoisett Planning Board along with Police Chief Mary Lyons, Public Health Nurse Amanda Stone, and Town Administrator Michael Gagne, as […] Read more »

Board Won’t Quit Nicotine Flavor Ban Pursuit

The Marion Board of Health has seen larger turnouts and received more correspondences from organizations outside Marion than it likely ever has, and it all pertains to the board’s pursuit to ban all flavored nicotine products, combustible and smokeless, including the sale of menthol cigarettes. On November 14, Nicholas John from R Street Institute maintained […] Read more »

Dog Park Proposed For Mattapoisett

Local teen Freemin Bauer has been dreaming about building a dog park in Mattapoisett for years. Now it looks as if that dream may just come true. Bauer has been working for the past several years towards this goal, even sponsoring a number of “doggie walk-a-thons,” with the intent to use the money raised to […] Read more »

Solar Farm Remains a Dark Cloud to Residents

Residents of Mendell Road and Rounseville Road living close to the location of a proposed large-scale solar farm still aren’t seeing the sunny side of approving such a project in their rural neighborhood. On November 14, the Rochester Planning Board allowed more time for residents to ask questions and voice their concerns, and Planning Board […] Read more »

Chairman Spars With Abutters

As cold and raw as the evening was outside on November 13, it was the contrary – heated and heavy – inside the Mattapoisett Town Hall conference room when the continuation of Dennis Arsenault’s Notice of Intent filing for a subdivision at the end of Snow Fields Road was reopened. Conservation Agent Elizabeth Leidhold had […] Read more »

Disagreement Over Approval Without Site Visit

In a 3-1 vote with one abstention, the Marion Conservation Commission on November 8 voted to approve the Notice of Intent for Francis Jones to raise an existing house that sits within a velocity zone 209 Wareham Road. Conservation Commission member Jeffrey Doubrava had visited the site that day, but since the address was not […] Read more »

Board Allows Encroaching Addition

The Rochester Zoning Board of Appeals on November 9 voted to grant a variance to allow an addition to the main house at 24 Hillside Road owned by Emmett Bennett. As Meagan Bennett explained it, the construction for the 10’ by 18’ addition for a playroom had already begun and was initially intended to cover […] Read more »

Wareham Street Lots Clear First Hurdle

With few items to discuss on Monday evening, the Marion Planning Board on November 6 efficiently dispensed with its business. The board approved an Approval Not Required proposal and took the opportunity of a light agenda to discuss, among other things, the process with which they hire consulting engineers. Engineer David Davignon of N. Douglas […] Read more »

Mattapoisett Preparing for Pot Plan

During the November 6 meeting of the Mattapoisett Planning Board, Planning Administrator Mary Crain advised the board that Town Counsel Katherine Laughman of Kopelman and Paige would attend an upcoming meeting to discuss the current state of the legislation and fielding questions. During previous meetings of the Planning Board, members briefly discussed how the Town […] Read more »

Town and Property Owner Unite to Re-Zone

The Marion Board of Selectmen on November 7 pledged their support to help pave the way for a zoning change that would allow Marion resident Sherman Briggs to develop property he owns north of Route 6 into a condominium development. That support was represented by a unanimous vote to place a zoning bylaw amendment article […] Read more »