Short Takes from the October 13 Planning Board Meeting

By Dot Bergin

Planning BoardDuring their October 13 meeting the Planning Board also considered a proposal to revise the roadway in the planned residential development on the Yaukoes land, as well as reminding attendees of the October 27 public hearing on the developer’s request to rezone an area of the Bedford Marketplace from Limited Business to General Business.

Appearing for a second time before the Board, the developers of the proposed Planned Residential Development at 56 Evergreen Avenue (known as the Yaukoes property) presented a revised plan featuring an internal ring road, rather than the circumferential road first suggested. There are 17 units in this PDR, two duplexes of 1750 sq. ft., eight single homes at 1900 sq. ft. and five homes at 2200 sq. ft.  Although this was not a public hearing, the Board took one comment from resident Karen Kenney, 33 Evergreen Avenue, who told the Board that access up Evergreen Avenue is very difficult in a heavy snowstorm.

Under New Business, the Board discussed a zoning By-Law amendment , proposed by RFPS 160 Owner, LLC, owner of the Bedford Marketplace, to change the zoning  along the front half of the property from  Limited  Business to General Business.  This amendment came in very late but the Selectmen have allowed it to be on the Warrant for the November 2 Special TM.  Limited Business holds down the size of businesses facing the street to 2000 sq. ft., while the larger buildings (i.e., Marshalls and Whole Foods) are confined to the rear and designated General Business, with no size limit. The original intent of Limited Business was to deter “big box” stores from opening along the front of the Marketplace.   The Planning Board will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, October 27 at 7:30 pm in the Selectmen’s Meeting Room, Town Hall, to receive public comments and will make a recommendation and report to Town Meeting. For more detail, see the Bedford Citizen article posted on October 6:

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