2017-2018 Plans and Recommendations

Goals and objectives for 2017-18, along with current status:

Goal and reason for it Expected outcome/Final output Status

Creating an affordable and attractive housing stock for a new era

Bylaw sections under review are outlined in this one-pager and in this more detailed chart, which both reflect recommendations from the Housing Production Plan, the Equitable Development Next Steps Memorandum, and review items from Kameron Spaulding.

A detailed timeline has not been set.

1) The 2017-2022 Housing Production Plan was adopted by the Planning Board on Aug. 29, 2017.

2) Paper organizing all research into actions that PB can take was presented at Aug. 29, 2017 meeting.

Will be rolled into Master Plan. 

Review bylaws relating to Short Term Rentals

  • Review our Seasonal Rental of Rooms bylaw 8.8.1 for appropriateness given the dramatic rise in the Short Term Rental market — e.g. AirBnB, VRBO, Homeaway, etc — as a way to vacation.
Updates to the current bylaw, 8.8.1 “Seasonal Rental of Rooms”.

See our detailed webpage on this project

Under way. A subcommittee is formed and is meeting actively.

Lenox Village parking

  • As a followup to bylaw revisions passed at Town Meeting in May 2017, work with the Town on an updated parking plan for Lenox Village that would create more spaces.
Parking Plan recommendations for Lenox Village to be handed off to the Select Board for consideration for implementation. Some work completed, will be incorporated into the Master Plan: The Board has “walked” the parking situation and in that context reviewed initial proposals. The Chair has summarized the Board’s input; the Board needs to do a final review of the memo; the work will be incorporated into the Master Plan.

 Recreational Marijuana

  • The State Legislature is expected to pass regulations to enable the sale and use of recreational marijuana by mid-year 2018.
We need to have bylaw proposals ready for Annual Town Meeting in May 2018 or at latest, Special Town Meeting in November 2018. Moratorium in place; work on bylaws to begin in Spring: Lenox passed a moratorium on recreational marijuana at Town Meeting in May 2017. The Moratorium is in place through Dec. 2018. The Planning Board expects to begin working on an updated bylaw after state regulations are adopted in March. We will likely hold several information forums, as well as a public hearing to review proposed bylaw recommendations to be voted on at Town Meeting in November. 

Lenox Dale development

  • The Select Board has asked for the Planning Board’s feedback on Lenox Dale studies, including dialogs with residents, on future potential development there.
Prioritized Action Plan for Lenox Dale Under way and will be incorporated into Master Plan: Memo from Planning Board summarizing findings so far has been completed. Will be incorporated into Master Plan.

Lenox Master Plan

  • Begin planning for 2018-19 update to the Master Plan.
  1. A plan for how to move forward including budget request if required.
  2. Gather all plans from other boards and committees and put them on a website.
Under way: Budget request for $50,000 to hire a planning consultant was presented and approved at the Nov. 2017 special Town Meeting. RFP has been issued and consultant selection will be completed May/June 2018. See webpage here

Update to Sign bylaw

  • Jim Biancolo has updated the existing Sign bylaw with the goal to make it easier for businesses and citizen to navigate and understand. So far there are no material changes.
  1. Possibly, present the revised bylaw for a vote at November Annual Town Meeting. But other bylaw and Master Plan work may delay this into the next year.
We have the proposed changes in hand. Kam Spaulding to meet with Jim to review and reflect comments of Board and also take a broader look at sign issue. Many thanks to Jim for taking this on!!!

241 Walker Street project and Approval Not Required reviews

  • Planning Board is the permit-granting authority for a New Open Space and Flexible Development Overlay District (Section 9.7) at 241 Walker anticipated shortly.
  • Various Form A / Approval Not Required reviews throughout the year.
 Special permit granted May 2018.

Heard from citizens and others:

  • Allow for multifamily in C.
  • Review/expand use table re Ground Mounted Solar
  • Need to improve cell phone service – potential bylaw change required
  • LDTA for economic development component
  • Need to look at requirements for educational and religious institutions and whether there are conflicts with Dover amendment

Related and other items on the priority considerating list, recommended by Land Use Director:

  • Need to better understand Inclusionary Zoning bylaw as per issue that came up re: Walker Street Apartments and fix bylaw if necessary.
  • Issue identified: Requirement that driveways and parking be 30′ from side setbacks not consistent with realities of commercial development — perhaps better to eliminate setback and instead let ZBA require more if traffic study etc. suggests necesary. 
  • BRPC reports: State has now authorized municipalities to regulate local air strips.
  • Improvement of our Zoning Bylaw.
    • These include amendments to ease the permitting burden on non-conforming parcels (i.e. make them conforming);
  • Revisit the Site Plan Review mechanism.
  • Specifically, focus on optimal zoning in Lenox Dale
  • Create a unique Town Center Village District and a unique Lenox Dale Village District.

 

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  2. June 5: Community Forum on zoning of Adult Use of Marijuana Establishments in Lenox Leave a reply
  3. May 22 Planning Board meeting — agenda and materials Leave a reply
  4. May 8 — Planning Board meeting — agenda and materials Leave a reply
  5. Planning Board — April 24 — agenda Leave a reply
  6. Short-Term Rentals subcommittee — April 20 agenda Leave a reply
  7. Short-Term Rentals subcommittee meeting — April 13 Agenda Leave a reply
  8. Planning Board April 17 meeting — agenda Leave a reply
  9. April 10, 2018 — Planning Board Meeting Agenda Leave a reply
  10. March 29 — Planning Board — March 27 meeting is continued Leave a reply
  11. March 27 — 10 a.m. — Planning Board & STR subcommittee work session to prepare for 6 p.m. meeting Leave a reply
  12. March 27 — 6 p.m. — Planning Board — Agenda Leave a reply
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  16. March 6 — Planning Board Site Visit and Meeting Leave a reply
  17. March 5 — Short-Term Rentals subcommittee meeting agenda Leave a reply
  18. Planning Board report to May 2018 Town of Lenox Annual Report Leave a reply
  19. Feb. 27 Planning Board meeting agenda and materials Leave a reply
  20. Feb. 13 — Planning Board Meeting Agenda & Materials Leave a reply
  21. Feb. 2 — Short-Term Rentals meeting & agenda Leave a reply
  22. Jan. 23 – Planning Board – Agenda Leave a reply
  23. Jan. 12 Short-Term Rentals agenda and materials Leave a reply
  24. Jan. 5 Short-Term Rentals subcommittee meeting Agenda Leave a reply
  25. Jan 9 Planning Board Meeting & Materials Leave a reply
  26. Dec. 14 Planning Board site visit and discussion, deliberation, vote to sign, and signing of certificate of performance – Chestnut Lane Leave a reply
  27. Planning Board and Short-Term Rentals subcommittee presentation to the Board of Selectmen Leave a reply
  28. Planning Board meeting — Monday, Dec. 11 meeting and materials Leave a reply
  29. Dec. 11 — Short Term Rentals subcommittee agenda Leave a reply
  30. Dec. 4, 2017 — Short-Term Rentals subcommittee meeting and materials Leave a reply
  31. Nov. 28 Planning Board meeting – Agenda and materials Leave a reply
  32. Nov. 27 Short-Term Rentals subcommittee agenda & materials Leave a reply
  33. Nov. 21 – Planning Board Meeting and Materials Leave a reply
  34. Nov. 17 — Site visit to 241 Walker St. Leave a reply
  35. Short-Term Rentals Community Roundtable Discussions — Nov. 14 — two sessions Leave a reply
  36. Short-Term Rentals subcommittee meetings (3) to plan for Nov. 14 Community Sessions Leave a reply
  37. Nov. 6 – Short-Term Rentals agenda and materials Leave a reply
  38. Nov. 7 – Planning Board Hearing on Stone Path Development Open Space Flexible Development Application Leave a reply
  39. Short-Term Rentals in Lenox — Community Discussions — Nov. 14 — click through here to get to EventBrite registration Leave a reply
  40. Nov. 1 Short-Term Rentals subcommittee meeting agenda and materials Leave a reply
  41. Oct. 24 Planning Board Agenda and Materials Leave a reply
  42. Oct. 23 Short Term Rentals subcommittee meeting and materials Leave a reply
  43. Cancelled: Short Term Rentals subcommittee — Oct. 16 meeting agenda & materials Leave a reply
  44. Oct. 10 Planning Board meeting Agenda & Materials Leave a reply
  45. Oct. 4 Planning Board at Select Board meeting — Agenda Item Leave a reply
  46. Short Term Rentals subcommitee Oct. 2 Meeting Agenda and Materials Leave a reply
  47. Planning Board Sept. 26 Meeting — Agenda and Materials Leave a reply
  48. Short Term Rentals subcommittee — Agenda and Materials for Sept. 25 meeting Leave a reply
  49. Short-Term Rentals Subcommittee — Sept. 18 Meeting Agenda and Materials Leave a reply
  50. Planning Board Sept. 12 Meeting and Materials Leave a reply
  51. Sept. 11 — Short Term Rentals Subcommittee — Agenda and Materials Leave a reply
  52. Planning Board Aug. 29 Meeting and Materials Leave a reply
  53. August 22 Planning Board Meeting — Agenda and Materials Leave a reply
  54. August 8 Planning Board meeting agenda and materials Leave a reply
  55. July 25 Planning Board meeting agenda and materials Leave a reply
  56. July 24 Short Term Rentals subcommittee agenda and materials Leave a reply
  57. July 17 — Planning Board’s Short Term Rentals subcommittee — Agenda and Documents Leave a reply
  58. Planning Board July 11 Meeting Agenda and Materials Leave a reply
  59. Short Term Rentals subcommittee – Monday, July 10, 1:30 p.m. Agenda & Materials Leave a reply
  60. Short Term Rentals subcommittee meeting — July 6 — Agenda Leave a reply
  61. Short Term Rentals subcommittee meeting — June 29 — Agenda and Materials Leave a reply
  62. June 27 Meeting and Materials Leave a reply
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  64. May 23, 2017 Agenda Leave a reply
  65. April 25 — Medical and Recreational Marijuana Public Hearing Leave a reply
  66. March 28 Public Hearing and Meeting Leave a reply
  67. March 7, 2017 Meeting Agenda and Materials Leave a reply
  68. Feb. 28, 2017 Agenda and Materials Leave a reply
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  72. Dec. 13, 2016 Meeting – Agenda, Materials Leave a reply
  73. Nov. 15, 2016 Meeting – Agenda, Materials Leave a reply
  74. Saturday, Nov. 5: Walking tour of Lenox Dale Leave a reply
  75. Oct. 25, 2016 Meeting – Agenda, Materials Leave a reply
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