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Mendon Cannot Act on Defeated Zoning By-Law for Three Years

Mendon residents voted down Article 17, Uses of Land and Structures, at the March 19 Special Town Meeting, causing two other Articles printed as part of the warrant for voters to act upon to be passed over by the Planning Board. In a discussion that lasted over two hours, residents tried to recommend amendments to the proposed Uses of Land and Structures by-law before the casting a final vote that did not equal the necessary 2/3 majority to pass, 30 yes voted versus 17 no votes.

Town Moderator Jay Byer stated that without "significant" changes to the defeated Article, it would not be able to be brought before the townspeople again for another three years.

Article 17 was a very lengthy bylaw that discussed uses and prohibited uses of land in the different zoning districts in Mendon. It also denotes where structures in the community, such as homes, shopping centers, and banks, may be located among the residential district, general residential district, general business district, and a highway business district. A Table of Uses was contained in the bylaw that lists the different structures and which districts they are permitted in.

Planning Board Chairman Bill Ambrosino said that the proposed by-law took information "scattered throughout" all of the existing by-laws and made it more "user-friendly." Former Mendon Zoning By-Law Review Member Liana Moore also stated that the new by-law was "a shot at providing clarity," and Mendon's Town Counsel Robert Mangiaratti stated that Mendon's current by-laws were "archaic." But multiple residents in attendance at the meeting commented that the proposed by-law was "too restrictive" and questioned the intent and language of many of the sections. Concerns included proposed regulations on keeping saddle horses, poultry, and other domestic livestock, principally for personal enjoyment or household use; the definition of convalescent or nursing homes; the regulations on portable storage containers and more. "Do we want to live in Newton, or do we want to live in Mendon?" commented Mendon resident Mike Watson during discussions.

With the rejection of Article 17, the Planning Board made a motion to pass over Articles 18 and 19, which were stated to be "housekeeping amendments," that included a definition of a power plant and other minor wording changes.




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