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Hello Southborough.

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Time to say goodbye

This is my last blog post as the Bolton Town Planner. As of September 30th I will be the new town planner in Southborough. I will carry on the tradition of having a blog there as well. I’ve enjoyed working in Bolton the last 6 years and enjoyed meeting and working with so many wonderful people. 

Take care!

Jennifer Burney

Bolton Town Planner

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Medical Marijuana

Earlier this summer the Planning Board met with a Bolton resident interested in establishing a medical marijuana facility in Bolton. On September 11, the Planning Board will meet with another interested party. If a formal application is eventually filed the Board would process it just like any other business application. It would go through the Special Permit process with the Planning Board and Site Plan review with the Board of Selectmen.

Currently the State of Massachusetts has received 181 applications with 14 of them for Worcester County. Click here to read the full article: http://www.masslive.com/news/worcester/index.ssf/2013/08/14_in_worcester_county_seek_me.html

In another article which appeared in the Telegram and Gazette on March 17, 2013. http://www.telegram.com/article/20130317/NEWS/103179776  the police chief is quoted as saying:

There seem to be two types of people here — those who know of the dispensary and are proud of being on the forefront of the medical marijuana movement, and those who were unaware such a business was located in town. 

“Put simply, it is as though they don’t exist,” Police Chief Roger P. Beaupre said when asked if the police have responded to any incidents at the dispensary or if marijuana use in the city has increased because of its presence. 

And lastly here is another article about a medical dispensary located in Biddeford Maine. The owner is quoted as saying:

Those who come to Canuvo are patients, not customers or clients. They are patients with medical conditions ranging from cancer to seizures and from AIDS to ALS. They are young adults, working-class men, middle-aged women and even grandmothers who seek treatment from Canuvo. The average age of his patient is 45. 

“They are at the end of their rope,” Mr. Peterson said, adding that medical marijuana is closer to the last resort than their first option. “There are on so many prescriptions. OxyContin is not a solution. They come to us. They don’t know what to think. Many are hesitant. They consult with us. When you advocate for your own health, you change you life around. People are more active, they are moving, they are eating better. They are changing their lives and don’t have to walk around in a pharmaceutical haze.” 

To read the full article click her:  http://www.telegram.com/article/20130317/NEWS/103179777/0

What do you think about medical marijuana?

Jennifer Burney, Town Planner

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Barn Preservation Bylaw – Article at upcoming Special Town Meeting


The Planning Board will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at 7:30 pm to discuss a proposed amendment to the Town’s Zoning Bylaw.  The public hearing will be held at the Town Hall, 663 Main Street, Bolton MA 01740.

The Town approved the Barn, Stable & Carriage House Preservation Bylaw at the May 2013 Town Meeting which allows particular accessory uses as well as accessory apartments in detached barns, stables and carriage houses. The current bylaw only allows one structure per lot which conflicts with the new bylaw. An amendment to Section 250-13 Dimensional Regulations (C) will correct this conflict. 

To read the warrant article please click here: http://www.townofbolton.com/pages/BoltonMA_Planning/townmeetingarticles/Special%20Town%20Meeting%20October%2016%202013/


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FEMA Updates Flood Hazard Mapping for MAGIC communities in the Concord River Watershed

 The meeting is scheduled for Thursday, September 12, 2013 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and will be held in Concord, MA at the Alcott Elementary School located at 93 Laurel Street.

Earlier this year Town officials in twelve of the thirteen MAGIC communities (including Acton, Bedford, Bolton, Boxborough, Carlisle, Concord, Hudson, Lincoln, Littleton, Maynard, Stow, and Sudbury) received updated Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Map panels and a Flood Insurance Study report for Middlesex County specific to the Concord River Watershed (this includes the Assabet and Sudbury Rivers).  The Metropolitan-Area Planning Council is helping sponsor a multi-community public outreach meeting for residents of the MAGIC communities who may be impacted by changes to the maps, giving residents an opportunity to view the changes, ask questions about the changes and learn more about the National Flood Insurance Program.  We expect representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (MA DCR) responsible for the State’s Emergency Management response to attend this meeting and present information about how the maps and reports were prepared, the process of reviewing and changing data where appropriate, schedule for implementation, and some of the potential changes being discussed for flood insurance in a general manner.

Although many communities recently accepted updates to the Flood Insurance Rate Maps in 2010 (effective date of June 2010), these were the first set of digital maps for Middlesex & Worcester County. An important change that occurred with the 2010 maps was the shift to the North American Vertical Datum (NAVD) of 1988; however there had been no additional survey or analysis of the flood hazards with the 2010 map changes. Many flood hazards identified in Middlesex County are from the 1970’s, 1980’s and 1990’s and updating the special flood hazard areas was important to FEMA to improve flood risk identification.  

The Preliminary maps that were issued on January 10, 2013 incorporate updated engineering analyses and data within the Concord River Watershed. Only those FIRM panels with updated flood hazard information have been revised. For many flooding sources throughout the Concord River Watershed, the Special Flood Hazard Areas (SFHAs) and Base Flood Elevations (BFEs) were produced using new hydrologic and hydraulic analyses as well as 2-foot topographic data obtained through Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR). In areas where there were no new studies or information, the current effective digital SFHA was incorporated into the new base map.

FEMA anticipates issuing new Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) later this year and communities will be expected to accept these updated maps at the 2014 Town Meeting. Accepting the new FIRM maps allows residents who own structures located in the 100-year flood plain to purchase flood insurance at a reduced/subsidized rate. It also allows communities to receive reimbursement funding when there’s a declared disaster or emergency (such as flooding, hurricane, ice storm or blizzard). 

For more information go to: http://www.floodsmart.gov.

Reposted by Jennifer Burney Town Planner


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Informational meeting on the new flood maps and how it may impact your home

The Town of Bolton Planning Department in conjunction with the Town of Stow will be holding an informational public meeting on Monday July 29th, 2013 in the Stow Town Hall at 7PM.  The meeting will detail the current Flood Insurance Rate Map update, help residents determine what financial and property impacts the update may have and what steps they can take to mitigate those impacts and prepare for future flooding.  

 For more information please visit the Planning Board website at: http://www.townofbolton.com/pages/BoltonMA_Planning/femafloodmaps/

 What:   FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Map Update Public Informational Meeting

 Where: Stow Town Hall, 380 Great Road

 When:  Monday July 29, 2013 at 7 PM

 Refreshments will be provided. 

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Another new business in Bolton – Ribbon Cutting Event

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Pet Source was founded in 1988 by Iva Kimmelman in response to a need for a resource that the public could depend on for honest and accurate access to quality, cutting edge pet foods, supplies and information. Where customer satisfaction is always our goal, we have, over the years offered everything needed for pet owners to care for their furry family members.

In our 25 years in business, we have opened and maintained 5 stores with the newest one being our Pet Source Convenience store in Bolton, MA in the Country Cupboard Plaza. The new store is intended to be a quick, one stop convenience for pet owners. We have also added a section designed to care for chickens and your feathered pets as well.

We will be celebrating our New Bolton Store’s Grand Opening on Saturday May 4th with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 1:30pm.

There will be vendors on hand offering product samples as well as a representative from Phinney’s Friends to educate about their rescue organization.

There will be free Pet Source reusable tote bags given out Saturday after the ribbon cutting while supplies last.

Check your local paper for our Grand Opening Coupon.


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