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REPORT OF THE PLANNING BOARD 2009

The Sturbridge Planning Board, in collaboration with and guidance from the Town Planner, has various responsibilities including reviewing and approving Site Plans and Subdivision Plans, reviewing Subdivision Approval Not Required Plans (SANR), and

acting as the responsibility

Special

Permit

Granting

Authority.

In

addition,

this

Board

of developing various long-term planning tools for the community

has the such as

the Zoning

By-Laws,

Community

Plans and

and manage

growth.

Rules other

and Regulations, similar documents

Subdivision Regulations, that are used by the town

Master to help

Plans, guide

The Planning Board normally meets on the first and third Tuesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. in the Senior Center located at 480 Main Street (Second Floor). However, this schedule can change from time to time due to availability of the meeting room, and other conflicts. The meetings and agendas are posted on the Town Calendar and on the Town Clerk’s Bulletin Board. All meetings are taped, and are subsequently broadcast via the local public access cable television. Meetings are also viewable and may be downloaded from the Town’s website.

This past year, the Planning Board has undertaken a number of initiatives regarding long- term planning. We have started to prepare a new Master Plan for the first time since 1988. This planning process will be completed by the fall of 2010. Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc. (VHB), along with their partner RKG Associates, Inc., are working with the

Planning Board to guide and facilitate the process. A made up of interested and committed residents will

13-member Steering Committee, oversee the development of the

Master

Plan.

Members

of

the

Steering

Committee

are:

Patrick

Babcock,

Charlie

Blanchard,

Alan

Curboy,

Steven

Dalberth,

Penny

Dumas,

Sandra

Gibson-Quigley,

Heather Thorpe,

Hart, Heather Hendrick, Matt Rousseau, Chris Rovezzi, Bruce Smith, Maryann

and

Arnold

Wilson.

The

Planning

Board

also

contracted

with

the

Central

Massachusetts Regional Tourist District (Rte. 20 to the State’s Interagency

Planning Commission to conduct a study of the Commercial in Fiskdale) and produce a Revitalization Plan. We also applied Permitting Board (IPB) for the Chapter 43D Expedited Permitting

Program, and five sites in town were approved for listing. Technical Assistance Grant in the amount of $52,770.00 for

expedited permitting. The completion of Department’s overall permitting efficiency.

these

tasks

will

The IPB also approved a a variety of tasks related to also improve the Planning

DECISIONS: JANUARY 13, 2009

  • SANR Plan for Scott & Robin Hengen – 138 Walker Pond Road

  • Voted to Support – Groundwater Protection District Map

  • Voted to Support – Property located at 680 Route 15, as shown on Assessors Map 50, Parcel 680, & a portion of the property located at 650 Route 15 as shown on Map 47, Parcel 650 containing 103± be changed from Rural Residential District (RR) to Commercial (C).

  • Duplicate release for Lot 6 - Sanctuary

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