Thursday, May 9, 2013
Developers of the proposed "Chelmsford Commons" development that would go in at the site of the old Stop and Shop pitched their ideas to the Planning Board on Wednesday night.
The reviews from the Planning Board were universally positive as they were given a first look at what will take the place of the old Stop and Shop plaza across from the Adams Library on Wednesday night that will be known as "Chelmsford Commons." Members of the plaza's new ownership group, Winstanley Enterprises of Concord, will integrate the feel of the library's brick design into an upscale retail mall while also reducing the plaza's commercial square footage, add trees to the parking lot and clean the brook area opposite from Summer Street, which will be near a patio section for a possible restaurant tenant. Adam Winstanley, principal of Winstanley Enterprises, noted that the project would be comparable to another shopping center his …
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Last month, the Planning Board said goodbye to long time member Susan Carter. Today, we offer excerpts from that tribute.
Last month, the Chelmsford Planning Board said good bye to long time member Susan Carter as she declined to run for another term, you might have saw it on the meeting's Chelmsford Telemedia broadcast. Today, here are some excerpts from that video we obtained at that meeting. What are your memories of Susan Carter's time in public office? Share your thoughts below in the comments.
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
The Planning Board continued its review of the plans on Wednesday night.
The upcoming new Chelmsford Fire Department station attached to town hall and its surrounding site plan continued to evolve after its latest review by the Planning Board on Wednesday night. After the last hearing on the facility, various architectural spokespeople working for the town answered attempted to answer various questions left by the board. However, the board continued to have concerns with the amount and location of parking spots on the site, in addition to possible congestion onto Chelmsford Street near the beginning and end of work days at the station and town hall, the beginning and end of meetings held at town hall and the beginning and end of baseball and softball games held near the lower parking lot, which will be more …
Friday, January 18, 2013
The subject was a matter of discussion at last week's Planning Board meeting, today we want to ask for your opinion.
Last fall, voters across the Commonwealth approved legalizing medical marijuana dispensaries, but rules regulating those dispenaries are not yet in place, leaving a question asked by the Planning Board last week: is it worth having them here? Drawing upon a recent article in the Boston Globe about efforts in Scituate, the Board discussed potentially bringing a warrant article to Town Meeting setting local guidelines for dispensaries, or even the prohibition of them, before possible regulations might be forced upon the town from Beacon Hill. It remains unclear if local regulations set in place prior to state regulations would pass muster with the Attorney General's office, and debate also ensued over where dispensaries would be allowed in…
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Following the postponement of a home occupancy bylaw at Fall Town Meeting, the Planning Board further discussed the issue on Wednesday, with further discussion to come.
Where is the line between a residence and a business? On Wednesday, the Planning Board took another look at that question, which was tabled indefinitely last fall at Town Meeting. Under Chelmsford’s current zoning bylaws, business people operating out of residentially zoned properties may not have clients or customers on their premises, although the board noted that often this rule had been ignored. And while the board indicated that many of these violations did not threaten the character of a neighborhood, memories of a nail salon in the Westlands a few years ago near Market Basket and Stedman Street that created unusually high traffic flows still lingered. Precinct 6 Town Meeting Representative and Stedman Street resident Ken Skelley …
Thursday, September 20, 2012
The Massachusetts Ethics Commission issued an Order to Show Cause in alleged ethics violations by Planning Board member Richard McClure.
The Massachusetts State Ethics Commission earlier this week issued an Order to Show Cause against Planning Board member Richard McClure, necessitating a hearing within 90 days on alleged violations of Massachusetts conflict of interest laws. Their complaint begins with his legal representation in an August 2010 Land Court case on Fair Street, which was amended in October 2010 to include the Town of Chelmsford. He continued to act as an attorney on this case despite his election to the Planning Board in April 2011, and was disqualified from the case in October 2011 by a Land Court judge citing "knowing" conflict of interest. The statement from the Commission also mentioned McClure's legal representation of the pro-recall faction in last …
Monday, August 27, 2012
New information was presented to the board on the project, which will be continued at their next meeting in September.
The Chelmsford Planning Board took another step toward a decision on the proposed 3,900 fast food/gas development at the corner of Oak Street and Littleon Road last week, agreeing to a site walk prior before they reconvene on Sept. 12. Located near Gene’s Chinese Flatbread Café, the board took up various topics on the proposal ranging from lighting to coordination with the Zoning Board of Adjustments and Massachusetts Department of Transportation. Speaking to the board, engineer Mark Allen indicated that the drive thru portion of the lot would have 24 feet between the building itself and the lot line, tapering to 20 feet on the side of the building opposite to Littleton Road. This width, he said, would be enough for a tractor trailer to …
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Many town incumbents hold onto their seats; the fire station question passes by a narrow margin.
- B Schill
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
On a night when the fire station question passed by 297 votes, incumbents for Board of Selectmen George Dixon and Pat Wojtas held onto their seats. Nick DeSilvio also fended off a write-in campaign from Barbara Skaar for a seat on the School Committee. The town saw average polling numbers across the board, and candidates and residents met at Princeton Station some time after the polls closed to celebrate election wins.
Friday, November 11, 2011
After Richard McClure resigned, there is now a vacancy.
The following was submitted to Chelmsford Patch. There is a vacancy on Town of Chelmsford Planning Board. Interested candidates should complete and submit a Committee Application found on website: www.townofchelmsford.us under Search Online Documents. Deadline for submission is Monday, November 21. Any questions, please call the Planning Board Office at 978 250 5231.
Thursday, October 27, 2011
After being elected last spring, McClure has resigned.
According to town officials, Richard McClure resigned from the Planning Board on Thursday, Oct. 27. McClure, a local lawyer, was elected to the board in April. He was involved in the recall effort against selectmen over the summer, serving as a speaker at a public information session for the pro-recall group Cheating Chelmsford.