Town meeting voters pass zoning bylaw amendments
By Amanda Collins
SUTTON – Sutton voters breezed through a lightning-fast 21-minute town meeting Monday night, approving ten warrant articles with no discussion.
Nine of the ten articles taken up at the Oct. 19 fall town meeting were passed unanimously. Dissension came up only in Article 10, a citizen’s petition to amend zoning bylaws relating to the definition of self storage facilities, which still passed by a two-thirds majority.
An eleventh article, another citizen’s petition that sought to establish a Historic Village District, was passed ove
As a result of Monday’s meeting, the budget approved at the May town meeting was amended to reflect current state aid and new growth figures, and adjusted accordingly. This allowed for a $27,515 reduction in the use of free cash.
Voters gave the green light for a PILOT (payment-in-lieu-of-taxes) agreement between the town and Clean Energy Collection, LLC, for a solar facility to be installed and operated at 80 Worcester Providence Turnpike.
Zoning bylaws regarding common driveways were amended to, as stated in the Planning Board’s recommendation, ensure “that conditions like paving and cleared width and street numbering be 100 percent complete before an occupancy permit is granted.”
Another amendment to bylaws approved on Monday re-zoned 1.2 acres from rural residential to business highway at 148 and 150 Boston Road, and a portion of Route 146 southbound. According to the Planning Board’s recommendation, “re-zoning of the structures directly adjacent to Tony’s [Pizza] that will also be across from the future Sutton Plaza expansion is a more appropriate use of this land than its current residential use.”
Planning Board members also noted that site plan review provisions exist to protect residential abutters to the north and west of the land.
Forty-nine voters attended Monday’s town meeting at the high school.