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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

Rezoning 79, 81 and 83 Hayden Rowe – Planning Board Hearing 10/19

Article 11 at Special Town Meeting on October 26 is a Property Owner’s Petition to change the zoning of 79, 81 and 83 Hayden Rowe Street from Residence A to Business. This will require a 2/3rds majority vote at Town Meeting. As required by law the Planning Board  will hold a public hearing on a proposed change on Monday, October 19 at 7:30 P.M at the Town Hall. The subject matter of the proposed amendment is below. For more information please contact the town Land Use Department.

“Change the zoning district of approximately 3.04 acres of land on Hayden Rowe from Residence A (RA) to Business (B). The zoning change would apply to 79 Hayden Rowe (Assessors Map U19 Map 174 Lot 0), 81 Hayden Rowe (Assessors Map U19 Block 175 Lot 0) and 83 Hayden Rowe (Assessors Map U19 Block 175 Lot 2).”

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Public Hearing – Proposed Zoning Bylaw and Zoning Map Amendments

Crossroads Redevelopment District - Height Zones
Crossroads Redevelopment District – Height Zones

On Monday, February 23 at 7:30pm, the Planning Board will hold a public hearing on the proposed zoning bylaw and zoning map amendments that have been recommended to the Planning Board by the Zoning Advisory Committee for the May 2015 Annual Town Meeting:

  1. RA/BD Districts boundary line – Rezone 5 parcels as RA in the B Street area.
  2. BD District – Allow off-street parking between a building and the street by special permit.
  3. Define Indoor Recreation and permit the use in the IB District.
  4. Signs – Lighting regulations, design and placement on buildings, prohibit off-
    premises signs, increase maximum size of trades/professional signs.
  5. Add site lighting regulations in the Site Plan Review bylaw.
  6. OSLPD – Trails in buffer; parcel size.
  7. Move definition of Lots in Two or More Residence Districts.
  8. Special Permit language – consolidate and reorganize.
  9. Crossroads Redevelopment District – Adopt new district, rezone 57 acres off Elm St. & Parkwood Dr.
  10. OSMUD Overlay District – Increase number of dwelling units from 940 to 1,120, of which 180 would be age-restricted; allow senior housing in Commercial and Village Center Subdistricts by right. (Legacy Farms)

Links and Documents for More Info:

Budget Update and Appropriation Public Hearing 4/16

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The Appropriation Committee (AC) is holding its Public Hearing on the budget Wednesday, April 16th in Town Hall at 6:30PM in preparation for Annual Town Meeting.  At the April 2nd Appropriation Committee meeting, the AC did not support the FY15 budget with the Hopkinton Public School’s initiative for tuition free Full Day Kindergarten. Residents are invited to attend the Public Hearing to provide their input on the proposed AC budget recommendations.

– Town Manager’s Recommended FY15 Budget Model

– School Committee Budget Letter to Town Manager

Public Hearing on the School Budget – Thurs @ 7:30pm

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Public Hearing on the School Budget
Thursday, January 30 at 7:30pm
Middle School Library
Attend in person or watch on HCAM-TV (Comcast Channel 8/Verizon Channel 30/ Streaming live on hcam.tv)

ATTENTION! This is your chance to voice your opinion on free vs tuition-based Full Day Kindergarten, fees to parents or any other school budget topic before the School Committee votes on a budget to submit to the Town Manager. 

The evening will start with a revised budget presentation by Superintendent Dr Cathy MacLeod. Click here to view the Superintendent’s Revised Budget. Dr. MacLeod will take the opportunity to reflect on all of her data collection, discussion, feedback and decision making to date to present a cleaned up, revised School District Budget presentation for 2014-15 (FY15) for the School Committee to deliberate on. At their meeting last week, the majority of the School Committee indicated that they would prefer tuition-based (not free) Full Day Kindergarten next year and that they would like to see a 10% reduction in bus, parking, and athletic fees. Dr. MacLeod’s revised budget represents a 4.91% increase over last year, includes tuition-free full day Kindergarten, and includes the requested 10% reduction in fees.

The revised budget presentation will be followed by the public hearing, where the school committee chair will recognize audience members who wish to make a comment and have them come to the microphone one at a time to address the school committee on camera.

After the public hearing the School Committee will deliberate on the revised FY15 School District Budget to approve a School Committee FY15 Budget request to forward on to the Town Manager by the February 1 deadline.

For your Reference:

Public Hearing Tonight at 7:30pm – 2013-14 School Budget

ATTENTION! If you can only attend one school committee meeting a year, this is the most important one to attend. It is your chance to voice your opinion on class size, fees or any other school budget topic before the School Committee votes on a final budget next week at their January 31 meeting.

School Committee Public Hearing/Working Session TONIGHT
Thursday, January 24, 2013 @ 7:30 PM
Middle School Library, 88 Hayden Rowe St
7:30pm On-Camera Public Hearing – FY14 Budget, followed by Off-Camera Budget Working Session

Important School Budget Documents:

Preliminary 2012-13 School Budget

Superintendent Landman presented his preliminary 2012-13 (FY13) school budget at the December 20 School Committee meeting. Some highlights are included below. Please note that nothing is final at this point, this is just the beginning of a process. The School Committee will provide feedback to the Superintendent who will then refine the budget before the School Committee votes on a budget to submit to the Town Manager by the February 1 deadline. If you have an opinion, question, comment or concern about any part of the budget you should feel free to contact the School Committee hpsschoolcommittee@hopkinton.k12.ma.us and Superintendent jlandman@hopkinton.k12.ma.us at any time. You may also voice your opinion publicly at the School Budget Public Hearing coming up on January 26.

Thumbs Up:

  • Maintains close to level services for 2012-13
  • Continues to work toward Strategic Plan goals such as:
    • Aligning our math curriculum with Common Core standards
    • Intervention Pyramid for struggling students
    • 21st Century Learning (such as online classes at the HS)
    • Technology Infrastructure Updates, such as replacing teacher laptops that are more than 5 years old
    • Critical Language (Mandarin) at the HS
    • Exploration of how to add the study of world languages to grade 6 and below
  • Create a school bus parking lot in town to save fuel, as well as save on excise tax paid to the other town where our buses currently park.

Thumbs Down:

  • $707,268 Decrease in budget offsets from last year such as state circuit breaker special education funding and education job grants
  • Increased class sizes in grades K, 1, 4, 6 and 8 (see chart below)
  • More high school classes with over 25 students (17% this year vs 20% next year)
  • A net cut of 2.6 Staff Members compared to last year (a net cut of 20.4 staff members since the 2006-07 school year)

Proposed Class Sizes:

Grade Strategic Plan
Guideline
2011-12 2012-13 Proposed Change
PreK n/a 19 18 Decrease
K 19-21 21 22 Increase to above guideline
1 19-21 21 22 Increase to above guideline
2 22-24 24 24 Same
3 22-24 24 20 Decrease
4 22-24 22 24 Increase
5 22-24 25 25 Same but still above guideleine
6 n/a 19 22 Increase
7 n/a 23 18 Decrease
8 n/a 17 23 Increase

Mixed Bag:

  • Increase student bus fees from $210 to $250 per year
  • Increase student athletic fee from $125 to $200 per sport
  • Increase student parking fee from $210 to $250 per year
  • Assess a daycare drop-off bus fee of $100 per student
  • Creation of a “walking zone” and elimination of the bus for Middle School and High School students living close enough to walk to school.

Summary of the Preliminary 2012-13 Budget:
$32,957,722 This Year’s Approved Budget 2011-12
+$1,518,755 Fixed Cost Payroll Increases (contractual obligations)
+$62,401 Other Fixed Cost Increases
___________
$34,538,878 Level Services 2012-13 Budget
+$285,425 Strategic Initiatives
+$71,000 Extraordinary Maintenance
-$69,342 Cost Cutting Measures
-$208,368 New Revenue (Fees)
-$359,608 Net Staff Positions Cut
_________
$34,260,733 Total Preliminary 2012-13 Budget

Recent Articles:
Hopkinton Crier: 2013 Hopkinton school budget proposed
By Michael Morton/Daily News staff
http://www.wickedlocal.com/hopkinton/mobiletopstories/x2140451562/2013-Hopkinton-school-budget-proposed

HopkintonPatch: 5 Preliminary Budget Recommendations
By Sean O’Donnell
http://hopkinton.patch.com/articles/5-preliminary-budget-recommendations-for-hopkinton-schools-in-fy-13

Hopkinton Crier: Hopkinton may revive high school laptop plan
By Michael Morton/Daily News staff
http://www.wickedlocal.com/hopkinton/news/x987651427/Hopkinton-may-revive-high-school-laptop-plan

Hopkinton Crier: Hopkinton school budget meeting is Jan. 5
By Michael Morton/Daily News staff
http://www.wickedlocal.com/hopkinton/mobiletopstories/x1895997901/Hopkinton-school-budget-meeting-is-Jan-5

Save the Dates – January School Budget Discussions & Public Hearing

School Committee Meeting
Thursday, January 5, 2012 @ 7:00 PM
Middle School Library, 88 Hayden Rowe St
Regular Meeting/Working Session – FY13 Budget Topics:
Center School, Elmwood School, Hopkins School, Draft Town Meeting Articles, Daycare Drop-Off Fee, Bus Fee, Full-Day Kindergarten Fee

School Committee Meeting
Thursday, January 12, 2012 @ 7:00 PM
Middle School Library, 88 Hayden Rowe St
Working Session/FY13 Budget Topics:
Special Education, Buildings and Grounds, Central Office, Curriculum, Technology, Town Meeting Articles

School Committee Meeting
Thursday, January 19, 2012 @ 7:00 PM
Middle School Library, 88 Hayden Rowe St
Regular Meeting/Working Session – FY13 Budget Topics:
Middle School, High School, Athletics, Town Meeting Articles, Athletic Fee, Parking Fee, F1 Visa Tuition, Walking Zone, 1:1 Laptop Initiative, Bus Parking Lot

School Committee Meeting
Monday, January 23, 2012 @ 6:30 PM
Middle School Library, 88 Hayden Rowe St
Joint meeting with the Board of Selectmen

School Committee Meeting
Thursday, January 26, 2012 @ 7:00 PM
Middle School Library, 88 Hayden Rowe St
Public Hearing – FY13 Budget
ATTENTION! If you can only attend one school committee meeting a year, this is the most important one to attend. It is your chance to voice your opinion on the budget.