Great Road Business District and Pine Hill Crossing Zoning Proposals ~ Important Public Hearing ~ Tuesday, January 23

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

The Planning Board will host a pair of important public hearings on Tuesday, January 23.

At 7:30 pm, the board will present concepts for the four business zones they have defined along The Great Road and hear public comment on related adjustments to the zoning map. Then at 8:45 pm they will discuss changes to the Pine Hill Crossing zoning article to be considered at Annual Town Meeting in March.

Planning Board Re-Writes Proposed Zoning Bylaw; Public Hearing on Section 21 Set for January 23

By Dot Bergin

At its January 16 meeting, the Planning Board reviewed line by line Section 21 of the proposed Zoning Bylaws-Military Housing Reuse Overlay District- which went down to defeat at the November Special Town Meeting. The Board agreed unanimously to make the bylaw “site-specific,” applicable only to the former Coast Guard property now known as Pine Hill Crossing Condominiums. References to the Military Overlay District will be removed from the article and it will be re-titled before presentation at the March Annual Town Meeting.

Assessors Meet Friday Deadline

By Julie McCay Turner

Because of delays in preparing its final tax data in this residential and commercial revaluation year, Bedford residents have received three “preliminary” or estimated real estate tax bills based on FY2017 valuations, with an actual fourth quarter bill based on FY2018 numbers still to come.

The Assessors met with the Selectmen on Monday, January 8 to share cautions and concerns about the Tax Recapitulation Sheet (the recap) which had then yet to be filed.

Springs Brook Park: 2018 Season Update

By Elizabeth Hacala

The Recreation Commission met on January 10 to review Springs Brook Park (SBP).The meeting began with a review of the 2017 SBP season with park Director Matt Mulrooney and Assistant Director Braden Chagnon.

There was a consensus among the Commission and Recreation staff that the uncertainty around whether or not the park would open in 2017 hurt membership considerably. There was an uptick in memberships last year, yet attendance stayed lighter than expected. A big contributor to the lower attendance last year was poor weather, especially on Saturdays, and although Sundays were generally nicer days, the park was closed on Sundays. In response to public input last year, the park opened two weeks prior to the end of school. The attendance was very low for those two weeks.

Keeping the Peace, January 2018: Honor Martin Luther King on January 15, and Every Day

Submitted by Mike Rosenberg and Bedford Embraces Diversity

Bedford Embraces Diversity, nearing its fourth anniversary, has organized the second annual breakfast in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Board members are excited about the event, which manifests the group’s mission of “increasing awareness and understanding of community diversity.”

The public event will be held on Monday, January 15, beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the First Church of Christ, Congregational. The program features testimony from Bedford High School METCO alumni and songs by one of the region’s premier Gospel soloists. Last year’s breakfast sold out, so reservations are required, by writing bedfordembracesdiversity@gmail.com or calling 781-983-1763.

Bedford Embraces Diversity, the breakfast and program, and the fellowship they represent, are components of our town’s contributions to the grand vision that Dr. King called “The Beloved Community.”

Town Government at Work for the Week of January 8, 2018

By Meredith McCulloch

Work by boards and committee is back in full swing this week with many meetings on the calendar.
Tuesday’s Town Caucus Leads a List of Board & Committee Meetings This Week: Of primary importance is the Town Caucus on Tuesday, January 9. At the Caucus voters nominate candidates for Town offices to be elected on March 10, 2018. All voters are urged to attend the caucus in the multi-purpose room at Town Hall at 7:00 pm. Residents who wish to be nominated, but cannot attend the Caucus, may obtain papers from the Town Clerk until January 19 and then collect signatures of nomination. A list of positions to be filled is on the Town website at https://www.bedfordma.gov/sites/bedfordma/files/news/caucus_01092018.pdf

Other meetings this week are:

Public Information Session on January 10: Pine Hill Crossing at the Former Coast Guard Property

Submitted by the Municipal Affordable Housing Trust

The Municipal Affordable Housing Trust (MAHT) invites residents to participate in a Public Information Session regarding the Pine Hill Crossing redevelopment of the former Coast Guard Site.

The meeting will take place January 10, 2018, at 7:00 pm in the Town Hall Multi-Purpose Room.

The public will be given the opportunity to ask any questions they may have about the project.

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