Plymouth: Defeated zoning change to head back to town meeting

The article calling for a zoning change to allow auto dealerships at Commerce Way in Plymouth—an area located in an aquifer protection district—was defeated at spring town meeting by the required two thirds majority. End of story. Right? Wrong. Selectmen—rather than the original proponent Attorney Robert Betters– plan to sponsor an article for fall town meeting.

Selectman Chairman Bill Hallisey:

“I think there was a lot information that was not presented for town meeting members to make an accurate decision. Obviously I uphold their decision and respect their thoughts on it, but I believe that the petitioner obviously did not have a chance to get up and speak on behalf of it. Myself and the board I think wanted to do some more research.”

That research—involving the DPW Director Jonathan Beder, Planning board Chair Marc Garrett and other town staff resulted in the possibility of relocating the well—freeing up about 25 acres of buildable land.

Chairman Hallisey said, “A pretty good strategy that I feel will be a good long term plan as far as the location of that well and I think it should have a very good effect on the town to obtain potentially a very valuable piece of property and a relocation status of that well—and these negotiations have been going on.”

Town meeting is October 24th.

About Bobbi Clark

Bobbi Clark began her career in radio as a producer at a news/talk radio station in Chicago. From there she went to WMAQ-TV, the NBC owned and operated television station in Chicago, As a producer there, she won 5 Emmy Awards for production of special programming. Bobbi is a graduate of Emerson College, with a degree in Writing, Publishing and Literature.