Wednesday, March 6, 2013
The Planning Board voted to recommend that two proposed warrant articles be removed from this year's Town Meeting warrant.
Following a public hearing on the issue, the Planning Board voted 3-1 on Tuesday night to recommend removing two of the three warrant articles pertaining to sign bylaws in town that had been proposed. Bylaws that would change language governing signage in town as it relates to nonprofits and real estate postings will be removed, should the Board of Selectmen honor the Planning Board's recommendations. Ultimately, the Board of Selectmen approve, or remove, warrant articles for Town Meeting, and would have to honor the Planning Board's recommendations before its next meeting when the warrant articles are approved. Last month, three changes to the sign bylaws had been proposed after discussion among the Planning Board and the engineering …
Monday, March 4, 2013
Here is your chance to give your input on the bylaws as they pertain to signs in Northborough.
If you are a business owner in town, or have a concern about the bylaws surrounding signs in Northborough, consider attending a public hearing at the Planning Board's meeting on Tuesday, March 5, at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall (Conference Room B). The Board of Selectmen recently debated additions and changes to the existing bylaws, issuing a letter to the Planning Board with its recommendations. Inviting discussion from the public, and other boards and commissions, the Planning Board will ultimately decide on potential changes to bring to Town Meeting this April. Issues to be discussed include real estate signs, nonprofit signs and temporary signs.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Selectmen differed on points surrounding some rewritten bylaws pertaining to signage in town.
The Board of Selectmen discussed, in a follow-up to a conversation weeks ago, its opinion on updates to the bylaws as they relate to signs in Northborough. Town Planner Kathy Joubert and Building Inspector Fred Lombardo, based on feedback, presented to them the rewritten bylaws and asked for further suggestions. Instigated by growing complaints from the public on the subject, the Planning Board, based on suggestions from other boards, is considering adjusting and updating some of the sign bylaws to bring to Town Meeting this year. Though the board came to some sense of semblance after the discussion, they were at odds on some of the finer points. Three specific proposed changes to the bylaws were discussed. The first item focused on …
A local business owner questions the support of small businesses as a result of the sign bylaws.
- REAL ESTATE
Tuesday, February 26
Susan LaDue, owner of the Doggie Den, sent this letter to the editor in response to a recent article about updating sign bylaws in Northborough I am sick and tired of the abuse that rains down on Northborough's small businesses, particularly those on Blake Street. Business owners pay substantial rents so that our landlords can pay substantial town taxes. The vast majority of us are not millionaires. On the contrary, most of us worry about paying our bills just like everyone else. Yet, we get treated badly for struggling to keep our heads above water, while big money outfits such as Northborough Crossing get the red carpet treatment from the town, and a warm welcome from residents who shop there. Last summer, small businesses lost a lot of…