Gathering Information for Tuesday’s Scenic Roads Hearing to Consider Tree-Cutting and Sidewalk Installation on Pine Hill Road

By Julie McCay Turner

The ad hoc Bedford Arbor Resources Committee (BARC) met with DPW Director David Manugian and Tree Warden Dennis Freeman on Friday morning to discuss the proposed sidewalk on the south side of Pine Hill Road, from Heritage Drive to North Road, and the associated tree cutting that the sidewalk will necessitate. According to the Planning Board documents, 38 trees of various species and measuring from 3 to 28 inches in girth are vulnerable.

Lights Up on the Great Road and New Housing Around Town

By Jordan Stewart

Emerson Dental and Verizon Wireless, two businesses incoming at 168 and 170 Great Road, appeared in front of the Zoning Board of Appeals on June 13 seeking a special permit for illuminated signs. Both companies described their proposed signs as architecturally pleasing, explaining that they fit in with the numerous neighboring businesses with illuminated signs. Both were granted special permits per Article 39.5 Section 1 of the Sign Bylaw, allowing them to put up the signs, with Verizon also calling upon Article 34.5 (A)(1) of the Sign Bylaw, permitting their signage to be split into two different signs, with one in the front and rear of the building.

Planning Board Moves the Ball Forward with Draft ADU Bylaw

By Ben Oleksinski

The Bedford Planning Board discussed a revised draft of proposed zoning bylaw amendments at their June 11 meeting, further evaluating the standards by which accessory dwelling units would be regulated.

The main bylaw change under consideration allows accessory dwelling units (ADUs) to be built within a house lot, further expanding options for homeowners. The draft, as reviewed on Tuesday, reflected what the Board interpreted from the public hearing weeks earlier, as well as their own suggestions. The end goal is to move forward a fairly practical bylaw from both viewpoints.

Share Your Thoughts with MetroCommon 2050 ~ Reminder

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

In early February, Bedford’s MAPC representative Sandra Hackman shared an invitation to Bedford residents wishing to add their perspective to MetroCommon2050. Thursday, May 23 (tomorrow!) is the final day to submit ideas, and MAPC sent the following reminder today:

What’s an ADU and Should You be Interested?

By Dot Bergin

On May 13 the Planning Board held two open forums on Accessory Dwelling Units to introduce residents to a proposed revision to the Zoning Bylaw. The Board is considering drafting a new bylaw that would allow a detached dwelling unit in conjunction with an existing main house. The current bylaw-dating to the 1990s-allows for an accessory apartment within or attached to the main house, but not a detached structure.

Revitalizing Bedford’s Retail Districts through a Massachusetts Downtown Initiative Grant

Submitted by Erin Sandler-Rathe

Collaboration began on May 1 to begin implementation for Bedford’s Massachusetts Downtown Initiative (MDI) grant. Bedford was awarded the $15,000 grant earlier this year through a competitive process administered by the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). Emmy Hahn, Program Coordinator for DHCD, introduced Christine Moynihan of Retail Visioning to Town officials and a representative from the Bedford Chamber of Commerce.

The grant will provide an opportunity for 5 to 8 local small businesses to work directly with Moynihan to improve their presence in town and to draw in customers.

Accessory Dwelling Forums ~ Hosted by the Bedford Planning Board ~ Monday, May 13 at 2 pm and 7 pm

Submitted by the Bedford Planning Board

The Planning Board is reviewing the zoning bylaw that allows and regulates the ability to have a second or “accessory” dwelling unit in conjunction with a single family dwelling in Bedford. The current bylaw, in place since the early 1990s, allows such units in the form of “accessory apartments” within or attached to the main house. It sets out rules governing various aspects such as the presence of the owner on the property and the size, appearance and parking arrangements.

Public Hearing, February 26 ~ Zoning Bylaw Amendment to Increase Restaurant Size

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

The Planning Board’s public hearing on a zoning bylaw amendment to allow restaurants greater than 5,000 square feet has been rescheduled to 7:30 pm on Tuesday, February 26, 2019, in the Selectmen’s Meeting Room at Town Hall, 10 Mudge Way.

Interested parties may offer testimony at the public hearing, or submit email or letters before 4 pm on February 26 that will be read into the record.

The hearing was originally scheduled for February 12 but was canceled because of weather.

A Pair of Last-Minute Bids Extend GSA Auction

By Julie McCay Turner

Yesterday’s high bid in the GSA auction for the Navy hangar prevailed until shortly before the auction was scheduled to end at 11:30 am CDT this morning.

Almost simultaneously, Bidders 4 and 6 each offered an additional $20,000 with bids entered at 09:48:17.0429 AM CDT and 09:48:17.0554 AM CDT.

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