ZBA Denies Setback Variance for Solar Project

Developers of a proposed solar energy project on Sarah Sherman Road will have to abide by the 100-foot property setbacks of the solar bylaw and reconfigure its placement of solar arrays after the Rochester Zoning Board of Appeals on November 8 denied Clean Energy Collective’s request for setback relief. According to Greg Carey from CEC, […] Read more »

Soggy Saga Continues

On November 7, Conservation Agent Laurell Farinon for the Rochester Conservation Commission once again discussed the status of the Notice of Intent filing by REpurpose Properties whose plans to construct 22 duplexes adjacent to the Plumb Corner Mall has been bogged down with water runoff issues. “We’ve been working behind the scene dealing with the […] Read more »

Trustees Look to VFW Site for Affordable Housing

It’s now the home to the Benjamin D. Cushing Community Center, but the Marion Affordable Housing trust thinks the 6.48-acre property that was once the old VFW might be a feasible location for some affordable housing. On November 13, the trustees inched closer to exploring this option. Administrator Terri Santos summarized her recent search efforts […] Read more »

Board Recommends All Proposed Zoning Articles

Ahead of the November 19 Fall Special Town Meeting, The Rochester Planning Board held a series of public hearings for seven bylaw articles slated for the warrant. Two of these articles pertain to the legislative requirements of the Green Communities Act, a state designation the Town hopes to achieve. The first option is an article […] Read more »

FinCom to Recommend All Finance Articles on Warrant

There will be 20 articles on the November 26 Fall Special Town Meeting Warrant, 17 of them involving matters of finance, and all 17 of them got the OK from the Mattapoisett Finance Committee on November 12. The Town Hall might have been closed for the holiday, but the FinCom was inside scouring the warrant […] Read more »

Eversource Approved for Pole Placements

The Mattapoisett Board of Selectmen dispensed with a light agenda with little fanfare on Tuesday night, November 13. A representative from Eversource, Donna Rosa, presented to the board proposals for the relocation of three utility poles and the placement of four new utility poles. The relocation of three poles was in relation to the culvert […] Read more »

Marijuana Public Hearing Ignites Little Interest

On November 5, the Mattapoisett Planning Board had a new member – for one night only. Boy Scout Andrew Poulin of Mattapoisett Troop 53 sat with the Planning Board members as he observed local government at work. Poulin is working on his Communications Merit Badge – one of many steps he plans to complete on […] Read more »

Economic Benefits Emphasized for Solar Project

The proponents of a solar project at 78 Wareham Street wowed those attending the Marion Planning Board meeting on November 5 with a presentation demonstrating the economic benefits to town residents of their solar array. David Davignon of N. Douglas Schneider & Associates gave a brief overview of the site plans and details of the […] Read more »

FinCom Considers Special Town Meeting Articles

As Mattapoisett Town Administrator Michael Gagne and the members of the Finance Committee continue their review and preparation for the Fall Special Town Meeting on November 26, on November 1 they met with Kathleen Costello, administrator of assessing, so that she could present the taxes to be collected for the Town’s newest PILOT program for […] Read more »

Board Stuck on Regulations Definition

The November 1 Marion Zoning Board of Appeals meeting centered on the question raised by an application for 8 Pie Alley: what is the definition of reconstruction? Thomas Ryan of TRSK Law, representing property owner Brian Keane at 8 Pie Alley, presented to the board the proposal to raze an existing garage and reconstruct a […] Read more »