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Sep 24

The Tide Weekly Update - September 17, 2021

Posted to Board of Selectmen Weekly Update by Tiffany Marletta

The Tide - Weekly Town Hall News

September 17, 2021 - The Tide

Oct 22

From the Town Administrator's Desk - October 22, 2021

Posted to From the Town Administrator's Desk by Tiffany Marletta

Fall Town Meeting Set for November 13
By Gregory T. Federspiel

The Selectmen have finalized the articles to be considered at a fall Town Meeting.  The meeting is scheduled for Saturday, November 13th starting at 1:00PM.  The meeting will take place in the gymnasium and auditorium, if needed, at the Middle High School.

The shift to a Saturday afternoon was made in part to ensure that there would be enough time to get through all the articles in one session as well as to be less disruptive to the schools.  Due to on-going concerns about COVID, we will be spreading out attendees first in the high school gym and, if necessary, in the auditorium.  We are arranging audio and video links between the two spaces to enable everyone to participate fully regardless of where they are seated.   Attendees will be asked to wear a face covering per CDC guidelines.  Sections will be set aside for attendees who are not vaccinated and/or who do not wear a mask.  Town Moderator Alan Wilson will have a set of health protocols for all to follow to minimize the risk of any disease transmission – part of the new normal as we continue to conduct the business of the Town while still dealing with COVID.

The warrant, or agenda for the fall Town Meeting contains 8 articles.  In brief, the articles are to:

  1. Relocate Chebacco Road as it passes through Town owned land in Hamilton:  The existing road easement and an unused easement are proposed to be discontinued and a new easement granted to allow the road to be moved away from Gravely Pond, the Town’s drinking water reservoir, and to provide better access to existing homes off Chebacco Road.  
  2. Fund the design of a new multi-purpose field at the old burn dump on Pine Street:   The Parks and Recreation Committee seek to create a new multi-use play field.  In anticipation of renovating Sweeney Park, the Committee is particularly anxious to have an alternative field available when Sweeney will not be available as well as to meet the longer term needs of more field space.  
  3. Fund the replacement of the Harbormaster boat:  The old Eastern boat, which is the primary work boat for the Harbormaster, needs to be replaced.  Waterways funds are proposed to pay for a new boat and motor as well as to make repairs to another motor for the pump-out boat.
  4. Renumber the Zoning Regulations:  The Planning Board proposes to renumber and reformat portions of the Town’s Zoning Regulations. This first vote on what will eventually be a comprehensive re-write of the regulations makes no changes to the wording of the rules except for renumbering various sections.
  5. Delete obsolete sections of the Zoning Regulations:  In this vote, voters are asked to approve deleting 7 sections of the regulations deemed to be no longer applicable or made obsolete by various court decisions.  
  6. Provide a non-binding vote on adding the existing DPW site off Pleasant Street to a larger housing initiative of the Manchester Affordable Housing Trust (MAHT) and Manchester Housing Authority (MHA):  The MHA and MAHT have joined forces to seek a new partnership with a private developer.  Creating market rate homes on the existing DPW site would generate funds to subsidize the upgrading and expansion of affordable units at the Plains, Newport Park and along Loading Place Road.
  7. Vote on a citizen petition article to amend the zoning regulations to require two points of access and egress for larger development projects (defined as over 50 units and road length of over 500’.)
  8. Vote on a citizen petition article aimed at amending the zoning regulations to place a cap on the number of new dwelling units allowed yearly (50 units a year.)

In the remaining weeks leading up to the fall Town Meeting, additional details on these articles will be provided. The full warrant can be found on the Town’s web site.    

Jun 17

MPC Update - June 2019

Posted to Manchester Master Plan News by Christina St. Pierre

Master Plan Update , June 2019

Manchester’s master planning efforts have spanned four years culminating in Planning Board approval of the Plan as submitted by the Master Plan Committee with minor text and organizational edits.  Since that approval in February, a Planning Board Subcommittee has been working with the Town Planner to finalize the Plan’s text and will next work on formatting the Plan for publication and developing a Master Plan Summary to be widely distributed. 

As the Plan is being finalized, implementation of the Plan’s recommendations have begun with several important initiatives.

  • The Planning Board has secured the services of land use attorney Mark Bobrowski to work with the Planning and Zoning Boards, the Zoning Enforcement Officer and others to re-codify and update the Town’s Zoning Bylaw to guide change in line with the Town’s Vision. For more information see (http://manchester.ma.us/703/Zoning-Recodification)
  • Representatives of various municipal boards and committees are meeting to discuss the potential for Smart Growth Overlay Districts in town as a tool to support a greater diversity of housing options.
  • The Town has applied for technical assistance and/or funding for a Parking Study, a Limited Commercial Strategic Plan and a Downtown Strategic Plan which can be accessed on the Town’s Website: https://www.manchester.ma.us/702/Grant-Applications-Awards
  • The Town is working with a consultant to study and identify opportunities for shared services with the Town of Essex.  The report is expected to be finalized by July.
  • The Town is working with MassHousing Partnership to assess the feasibility of a mix of market rate and affordable housing on the current DPW site. 
  • The Town is evaluating opportunities for a Harbor Master’s Office and Public Restrooms at Reed Park and Masconomo Park.


As part of the implementation process, the Board of Selectmen and Planning Board will be developing a communications strategy for updating residents on initiatives on a regular basis.  The goal is to provide a comprehensive list of the Plan’s Recommendations with a continually updated status.