Annual Town Meeting Concludes Harmoniously on Third Night

By Jeffrey Epstein

The 2018 Annual Town Meeting unanimously approved a $90.3 million operating budget for Fiscal 2019 Monday night, concluding a three-night review of municipal articles. The estimated impact of the operating budget on residents is $1.31 per $100,000 of assessed valuation, according to published town documents. The total budget is $95.8 million.

Annual Town Meeting Approved Capital Expenditures Budget

By Artemis Savory

At Town Meeting’s second day, Capital Projects Article 14 met with little argument. Most questions regarded bonding. Article 14 presented 37 big budget items recommended by the Capital Expenditure Committee, with the final six of these proposed to be paid for with bonds.

Davis Road Boardwalk Approved at ATM Session 2

By Lauren Ennis

One of the most anticipated articles at the continuation of Annual Town Meeting on March 28 was Article 17, which proposed a boardwalk along Davis Road.

The boardwalk, which is planned to be 6 feet wide and 1,175 feet long, would allow for bicycle and pedestrian access on a stretch of Davis Road from Patricia Circle to Revolutionary Ridge. The area has been a challenge due to the sharp drop-offs into ditches on both sides of the road and the surrounding wetlands.

Town Meeting Continues, Monday, April 2, 2018 with Article 18

By Meredith McCulloch

Annual Town Meeting Continues to meet for a third night on April 2. With Article 18 on PEG Access and Cable Budget the first item of business. Other upcoming articles include the Salary Bylaw for Town Employees and the Operating Budget for all town departments;

Pine Hill Overlay District Approved

By Lauren Ennis

On the first night of Town Meeting, March 26, 2018, one of the most discussed issues was Article 6, for the “adoption of a new bylaw for a Pine Hill Overlay District”. The proposed overlay would utilize a former Coast Guard housing site located at Pine Hill Road for the construction of cottage-style housing with a unit density of six units per acre on the 5.2-acre plot. A similar article had been turned down at the Special Town Meeting last November amid citizen concerns that the project didn’t sufficiently reflect the goals from the community charrette.

Town Meeting Approves Great Road Rezoning, with Amendments

By Jeffrey Epstein

Bedford’s 2018 Town Meeting struggled for two nights with frameworks for the future in this year’s Warrant, perhaps most notably the new four-piece zoning requirements for the Great Road District that comprised Articles 8, 9 and 10. Most of the proposed district plan in Article 8 and associated map amendments in Article 10 passed. Article 9, dealing with building heights in the Shawsheen Subdistrict, failed, and Article 10 was amended.

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