WRENTHAM — Town Administrator Kevin Sweet is pleased to announce that the town of Wrentham is holding a public forum next week on the proposed rezoning for the Route 1 corridor.
Thursday, June 20 at 7 p.m.
Wrentham Senior Center, 400 Taunton St.
The Town of Wrentham invites residents and members of the public to attend the first of several forums that will take place over the coming months about proposed rezoning for the Route 1 corridor. The Planning Board will also hold a public hearing on the proposed zoning changes late this summer.
Residents will be asked to vote on the zoning changes at the Fall Town Meeting in November.
A presentation will be given at the forum by Cathy McCabe, a specialist in strategic planning and economic development and principal of McCabe Enterprises, about the current zoning and it’s challenges, the process through which the proposed rezoning was developed and the benefits the zoning changes would offer. The forum will also include a working group session, light refreshments and opportunities for residents to share their thoughts, opinions, questions and concerns.
“We are looking forward to sharing the proposed rezoning with residents, and hearing their thoughts and questions,” Town Administrator Sweet said. “Rezoning this corridor is a major undertaking for our town and will have significant implications for years to come, and it’s an exciting opportunity for us all to shape the economic development of Wrentham.”
Today, there are seven zoning districts within the approximately two-mile stretch of Route 1 in Wrentham. The proposed zoning changes would replace those districts with three new ones designed to better support future development while preserving natural resources in the area. The plans also include traffic improvements.
The proposed new zoning would not impact current businesses or organizations operating in the area.
Town Administrator Sweet, Planning Director Rachel Benson, and other representatives from town boards and committees will be present at the forum.
Kevin Sweet, Town Administrator
79 South St.
Wrentham, MA 02093
For Immediate Release
Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018
Contact: Benjamin Paulin
Email: [email protected]
Wrentham Town Administrator Announces Public Forum Regarding Proposed Downtown Rezoning
WRENTHAM — Town Administrator Kevin Sweet would like to announce that the second public forum regarding new draft zoning regulations for Wrentham Town Center will be held next week.
“We hope to see many residents and business owners who have questions ahead of the final presentation at the Fall Town Meeting on Nov. 19,” Sweet said.
Thursday, Sept. 13 from 7-8 p.m.
Fiske Public Library, 110 Randall Road
The Town of Wrentham is working on new zoning by-law regulations for the areas at the center of Wrentham that are currently zoned as Commercial-1 and Business-1.
In January 2017, the Planning Department applied for and received a grant from the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) through its Local Technical Assistance program to provide technical guidance in creating new zoning regulations for part of the downtown.
From that, a working group was created to work on the new zoning that is comprised of representatives from the Board of Selectmen, the Economic Development Commission, the Planning Board, Town Administrator, Planning Director, MAPC staff, Galaxy Development and local business owners.
The group began meeting in the spring of 2017 and has been meeting regularly since.
“The goal of these new regulations is to create reasonable regulations that encourage the type of mixed-use and pedestrian friendly development that will complement the character of the Town Center and allow it to thrive into the future,” Sweet said.
On Dec. 12, 2017 the first public forum was held to present an initial draft of the new zoning regulations and the feedback was extremely positive.
The working group received confirmation of the direction in which the regulations were going as well as direction going forward and will provide residents with further information next week.