55+ Housing Hinges on Drainage Solution

An age-restricted housing development slated for the vacant lot beside Plumb Corner Mall is essentially at a standstill after some drainage issues from 30 years ago resurfaced during a Conservation Commission meeting last month, and as Rochester Planning Board Chairman Arnie Johnson pointed out on July 24, “You guys are kind of stuck for the […] Read more »

Swamp Subdivision Slogs Along

With humid swampy air lazily wafting across the harbor, the Notice of Intent hearing for a proposed two-lot development located deep within Haskell Swamp off Snow Field Road continued, during which engineer David Davignon presented an update on technicalities associated with stormwater flow, swamp water movement, and roadway construction practices. Taking into consideration Massachusetts Department […] Read more »

ConCom Signs on to Conservation Restriction

It has taken about nine years to get there, but a conservation restriction is finally nearing execution for property at 185 Wareham Road known as “the Habitat lot” the town purchased with the help of Community Preservation Act (CPA) money in 2009. Marion Open Space Acquisition Commission (MOSAC) Chairman John Rockwell approached the Conservation Commission […] Read more »

Decas Request for Certificate of Compliance Tabled

On July 17, engineer Brian Grady came before the Rochester Conservation Commission with a rather pedestrian request, a Certificate of Compliance on an amended Order of Conditions issued on April 7, 2017 for the construction of a tailwater recovery pond. However, Grady’s filing on behalf of his client, Decas Cranberry Corporation, noted several deviations from […] Read more »

Bylaw Interpretation Favors Front Street Condo

For over three hours on July 12, members of the Marion Zoning Board of Appeals struggled to wrap their heads around the 324 Front Street appeal filed by abutter Peter Douglas as he sought to have the building inspector’s zoning enforcement denial overturned. The meeting started out seeming expedient as the ZBA moved down the […] Read more »

‘Accepted, But Not Subdivided…’

The Rochester Zoning Board of Appeals was almost ready to approved a Variance for Nicholas Araujo to allow a single-family house on an unaccepted way, Schoolhouse Road, but opted to continue it one last time. The public hearing was continued from June 28 to allow the applicant to present enough data to convince the board […] Read more »

Rochester Completes ADA Compliance Projects

Rochester’s Facilities Director Andrew Daniel has accomplished what he set out to do nearly a year ago – to make Rochester facilities accessible to all; and there isn’t much else left to do in order for the municipal buildings of Rochester to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Aside from a couple narrow secondary […] Read more »

Pickles Appears in Court

A real estate attachment to the civil action against Ray Pickles and his wife Diane Bondi-Pickles will remain for now until the judge issues his decision in the next few days after the preliminary injunction hearing on Tuesday, July 17, at the Plymouth District Court. The Carver, Marion, Wareham Regional Refuse Disposal District’s motion for […] Read more »

Dispute Over Gravel Road Ownership

A question over the ownership of a private gravel road slated for paving caused the continuance of John and Roger Gibbons’Notice of Intent during the July 9 Mattapoisett Conservation Commission meeting. Neighbors who lay claim to ownership of various parts of the 658-foot long road had legal representation contesting the Gibbonses right to pave the […] Read more »

The Pros and Cons of a Green Community

Seth Pickering, the Southeast Region Green Communities Coordinator of Massachusetts, gave a presentation at the Rochester Planning Board meeting on July 10 to inform Chairman Arnold Johnson and the rest of the board on the criteria and benefits of becoming a Green Community. In his presentation, Pickering highlighted five specifications to which Rochester would have […] Read more »