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Vote Monday for Selectmen, Planning Board, Parks & Rec, Library Trustee and 6 Ballot Questions

Town Election Ballot 2017

All Hopkinton precincts vote at the Middle School. Polls are open 7:00am-8:00pm on Monday, May 15. School will be in session, so please park in the back and use the back entrance to the Brown Gym. Follow the signs. There are five contested races this year. eHop as an organization does not specifically endorse any of the candidates, click to read our policy for more info.  Please read the following articles for information about each contested race and the six ballot questions.

Stay tuned, HCAM will be live at 8pm when the polls close tonight to give you election results as soon as they are available. HCAM is available on Comcast 8 / Verizon 30 or streaming live at http://www.hcam.tv/.

Watch the Women’s Club Meet the Candidates Night:

Learn More about the Planning Board 5-Year Candidates

Planning Board 5-Year 2017

Planning Board, 5 Years – Vote for 2

Hopkinton Independent & HCAM Hopkinton Planning Board Candidates 2017 Debate

HopNews Live! on Main with Muriel Kramer & Ken Weismantel

HopNews Live! on Main with Amy Ritterbusch & Gary Trendel


eHop Did You Know? – Planning Board

Learn More about the Planning Board 1-Year Candidates

Planning Board 1-Year 2017

Planning Board, 1 Year – Vote for 1

Hopkinton Independent & HCAM Hopkinton Planning Board Candidates 2017 Debate – Irfan Nasrullah participated, but Al Rogers could not attend


eHop Did You Know? – Planning Board

Reminder: Planning Board Has Two Additional Vacancies Due to Resignations

Town Hall March 2016

The Planning Board currently has two vacancies and the Town is seeking candidates for these positions. The terms of office will expire at the May, 2017 election. These two seats are due to recent resignations and are in addition to the two seats up for election. (Read more in the Metrowest Daily News “Hopkinton Planning Board being shaken up” 3/30/16.)

The Planning Board is an elected board, whose members serve five year terms. The establishment of municipal Planning Boards is authorized by Mass. General Law, Chapter 41, Section 81A. Among its many diverse roles, the Board is charged with the following duties, which are contained in the General Laws and the Hopkinton Zoning and General Bylaws:

  • Adopting a Master Plan for the Town;
  • Serving as the local authority for the Subdivision Control Law; adopting Rules and Regulations governing the subdivision of land in Hopkinton; reviewing all preliminary and definitive subdivision plan submittals, and endorsing approval-not-required plans;
  • Drafting and submitting zoning amendments for consideration by the Town;
  • Serving as a Special Permit Granting Authority;
  • Reviewing and proposing the acceptance of streets as public ways, with recommendation to the Town Meeting;
  • Serving as Site Plan Review authority for non-residential Site Plans;
  • Issuing permits to remove trees and stone walls within street rights of way on designated scenic roads; recommends roads for scenic road designation by Town Meeting.

Interested parties must be a registered voter in the Town of Hopkinton and should apply by Tuesday, May 17, 2016. 

To apply, please visit the Town’s website and apply through the online volunteer form here: http://www.hopkintonma.gov/home/about/hug. Residents may also apply by submitting a letter of interest to: Maria Glynn, Executive Assistant, Town Manager’s Office, 18 Main St. Hopkinton, MA 01748.

For further information about the duties of the Planning Board, please contact Jennifer Burke, Principal Planner, at 508-497-9745.

Planning Board Announces Two Vacancies

Town Hall March 2016

The Planning Board currently has two vacancies and the Town is seeking candidates for these positions. The terms of office will expire at the May, 2017 election.

The Planning Board is an elected board, whose members serve five year terms. The establishment of municipal Planning Boards is authorized by Mass. General Law, Chapter 41, Section 81A. Among its many diverse roles, the Board is charged with the following duties, which are contained in the General Laws and the Hopkinton Zoning and General Bylaws:

  • Adopting a Master Plan for the Town;
  • Serving as the local authority for the Subdivision Control Law; adopting Rules and Regulations governing the subdivision of land in Hopkinton; reviewing all preliminary and definitive subdivision plan submittals, and endorsing approval-not-required plans;
  • Drafting and submitting zoning amendments for consideration by the Town;
  • Serving as a Special Permit Granting Authority;
  • Reviewing and proposing the acceptance of streets as public ways, with recommendation to the Town Meeting;
  • Serving as Site Plan Review authority for non-residential Site Plans;
  • Issuing permits to remove trees and stone walls within street rights of way on designated scenic roads; recommends roads for scenic road designation by Town Meeting.

Interested parties must be a registered voter in the Town of Hopkinton and should apply by Tuesday, May 17, 2016. 

To apply, please visit the Town’s website and apply through the online volunteer form here: http://www.hopkintonma.gov/home/about/hug. Residents may also apply by submitting a letter of interest to: Maria Glynn, Executive Assistant, Town Manager’s Office, 18 Main St. Hopkinton, MA 01748.

For further information about the duties of the Planning Board, please contact Jennifer Burke, Principal Planner, at 508-497-9745.

Zoning Bylaw & Map Changes – Public Hearing 2/22

Elmwood-Park-Proposed-Changes-Map-2016

In advance of Town Meeting, the Planning Board will hold a public hearing on proposed amendments to the zoning bylaw and/or zoning map on Mon Feb 22 @ 7:30pm (Snow Date 2/23) at Town Hall. Members of the public are invited to attend. Questions? Contact the Land Use Department at 508-497-9745.

  1. Adopt provisions pertaining to dog day care facilities, including a definition of the use, a new bylaw that includes the requirement for a special permit, regulations on minimum lot area, maximum number of dogs, hours of operation, odor and noise control, and parking.
    Dog Day Care Facilities draft 2-2-16
  2. Adopt provisions pertaining to animal shelters, including a definition of the use, a parking requirement, and a new bylaw which requires a special permit for the use and contains regulations pertaining to items such as minimum lot area, noise, odor and screening requirements.
    Animal Shelters draft 2-2-16
  3. Modify the Hotel Overlay District to reduce the amount of meeting room/function space required, change the reference to restaurants, and to change “health club” to “fitness center”.
    Hotel Overlay District draft 2-2-16
  4. Adopt a new Elmwood Park Business District (EPBD), a new definition of “licensed medical care facility for inpatient and outpatient services”, change the zoning district of about 54 acres from Industrial B District to EPBD, remove the area from the Hotel Overlay District, modify the Sign bylaw to reference the EPBD, and reference the EPBD in the list of zoning districts…
    Elmwood Park Business District draft 2-2-16
    Proposed Elmwood Park Business District Map
  5. Sign Bylaw including the removal of references to sign content, adoption of new definitions, and general revisions to regulations including temporary signs, sign lighting, size and number.
    Sign Bylaw draft 2-2-16
    Document depicting proposed changes to Sign Bylaw 2-2-16
  6. Modify the Garden Apartments in Residential Districts Bylaw, including changes to the references to open space and historic buildings and structures. Adopt a new special permit criterion which references the statutory goal to provide 10% of the housing stock as affordable housing.
    Garden Apartments and Village Housing bylaws draft 2-2-16
  7. Modify the Village Housing in Residential Districts Bylaw, including changes to the references to open space and historic buildings and structures. Adopt a new special permit criterion which references the statutory goal to provide 10% of the housing stock as affordable housing. Adopt a site plan approval criterion which requires a host community agreement.
    Garden Apartments and Village Housing bylaws draft 2-2-16
  8. Senior Housing Development – Repeal Article XVIA
    Senior Housing Development Bylaw draft 2-2-16
  9. Amend Site Plan Review and Open Space and Landscape Preservation Development Bylaws to references § 210-117.2, lots with historic structures.
    Site Plan Review and OSLPD Bylaws draft 2-2-16

Planning Board – Did You Know?

2015 ZONING_MAP

A board of nine members, elected for five-year terms on a rotating basis. The Planning Board is charged with the following duties, which are contained in the Mass. General Laws and the Hopkinton Zoning and General Bylaws:

  1. Adopting a Master Plan for the Town. The current Master Plan was adopted in 2007.
  2. Conducting studies, and, when necessary, preparing plans of the resources, possibilities and needs of the Town for submittal to the Board of Selectmen for their consideration.
  3. Serving as the local authority for the Subdivision Control Law; adopting Rules and Regulations governing the subdivision of land in the Town of Hopkinton ; reviewing all preliminary and definitive plan submittals, and endorsing approval-not-required plans.
  4. Drafting and submitting zoning amendments for consideration by the Town. When a zoning amendment has been put forward by any entity, the Planning Board holds the public hearing and also reports its recommendation to Town Meeting.
  5. Serving, in some instances, as the Special Permit Granting Authority (SPGA). The Planning Board is charged with issuing the following Special Permits in the Hopkinton Zoning Bylaw: Open Space and Landscape Preservation Development; Garden Apartments in Residential Districts; Senior Housing Developments; Flexible Community Development and Campus Style Development.
  6. Reviewing and proposing the acceptance of streets as Town public ways, with recommendation to the Town Meeting.
  7. Serving as Site Plan Review authority for non-residential Site Plans.
  8. Issuing permits to remove trees and stone wall within street rights of way designated as scenic roads by Town Meeting. The Planning Board also recommends roads for scenic road designation.
  9. Issuing permits for earth removal within the Town of Hopkinton .
  10. Annually appoints the members of the Design Review Board.

Planning Board representatives also serve on the following other Boards and Committees: Open Space Preservation Commission, Community Preservation Committee, Design Review Board, and Zoning Advisory Committee.

The Planning Board typically meets on Mondays twice a month in Town Hall at 7:30 PM.  The Planning Board’s staff services are provided by the Department of Land Use, Planning and Permitting.

To run for Planning Board a person must be a registered voter in Hopkinton and either obtain and submit nomination papers by securing the signatures of 50 Hopkinton registered voters; or a person may qualify by being the top vote getter in one of the town political party caucuses; or a combination of both. Planning Board member is currently an unpaid volunteer position, but compensation for any elected official could be voted on at any future town meeting.

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