Board ‘Buttons Up’ Variance Requirement


A logistical oversight brought the Buzzards Bay Area Habitat for Humanity back before the Marion Zoning Board of Appeals for a brief meeting on September 25. The project to construct a single-family Habitat for Humanity home at 185 Wareham Road was already approved by the ZBA, but the wording in some of the paperwork brought […] Read more »

More Signs May Light Up In Rochester


All signs point to approval for the proposed lit signage for the Rochester Crossroads LLC commercial development off Cranberry Highway. Members of the Rochester Zoning Board of Appeals on September 25 considered the special permit request presented by Lisa Mann of Sign Design, Inc. of Brockton for five proposed signs, with one of them being […] Read more »

Trouble Over Silvershell Seawall


The Marion Department of Public Works built an unpermitted 100-foot by 150-foot rock seawall in the vicinity between Sprague’s Cove and Silvershell Beach, which the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and now the Marion Conservation Commission have ordered removed. The seawall, which consists of about 250 rocks and boulders, […] Read more »

“We are not voting on anything…”


Proposed bylaw changes as submitted by Brad Saunders of D + E Management LLC – a Bay Club Partner – came before the Mattapoisett Planning Board in a final vetting ahead of the October Special Town Meeting. Before getting underway with the proposals, Chairman Tom Tucker said, “We are not voting on anything, I want […] Read more »

Huge Crowd at Bike Path Hearing


An outpouring of support for the Mattapoisett Bike Path was demonstrated at the September 25 public hearing hosted by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation when a crowd of approximately 400 concerned citizens packed Old Hammondtown School. They came to see the 25 percent engineered conceptual drawings drafted by CLE Engineering of Marion. They came to […] Read more »

‘Turtle Garden’ Approaches First Hurdle


Endangered turtle populations near Sprague’s Cove have declined, and continue to decline, according to Wayne Ferguson, a resident on Jenney Street who represented 21 other Jenney Street residences on September 24 before the Marion Conservation Commission. “That nesting habitat was lost to the [Sprague’s Cove] system,” said Don Lewis, a wild life expert, sea turtle […] Read more »

Marion Steady in Master Plan Vision


Marion residents who participated in the September 27 Master Plan Discovery Workshop maintained their ongoing goal and vision for the Town’s next Master Plan by putting the preservation of the community’s natural and historic character at the top of the list. Southeastern Regional Planning and Economic Development Division (SRPEDD) leaders directed the group of about […] Read more »

Still Miles to Go for Marion Bike Path


A bike path for Marion has the support of selectmen and residents, and encouragement from outside agencies, but what it still lacks is funding – approximately $300,000 in order to get the wheels turning for Phase I of the envisioned pathway that would run 5.5 miles from Mattapoisett to the border of Wareham. The next […] Read more »

Sewers, Roads & Schools – STM


On October 20 at Town Meeting, Mattapoisett voters will face a 17-article Warrant. During their September 30 meeting, Mattapoisett’s Finance Committee approved all but three. The three articles that the committee did not approve were outside their purview. Those three articles deal with proposed zoning bylaw changes; the other 14 required their careful consideration and […] Read more »

Traffic Study Review Appeases the Board


Progress toward approval for a gas station with a convenience store and drive-thru coffee shop on Cranberry Highway picked up speed now that traffic concerns have been addressed and Rochester Planning Board members have run out of questions. The board first addressed the engineering issues still unresolved, such as drainage, parking, and signage for the […] Read more »