Plymouth: Town meeting passes CPA improvements, votes down increased building height

Plymouth Town meeting wraps it up—approving the use of close to a million and half dollars in Community Preservation funds for improvement projects all over town. But, the article that would have allowed buildings in excess of 35 feet in the town’s two industrial zones failed.

Article 26 would have allowed 75-foot buildings to be constructed by right in the town’s two industrial parks. Although the majority voted in favor, the motion failed to get the necessary two-thirds vote of town meeting.

Michael Main, both a town meeting member and a member of the Zoning Board, strongly objected:

“We would be the only town south of Boston that would allow this by right—not even the City of Brockton allows this—nor does Weymouth or Braintree or Quincy or any of them.”

But other town meeting members disagreed. Pat McCarthy spoke in favor:

“Because I think it’s the right thing to do to help promote good business and good economic opportunities for our town in the right locations.”

Marc Garrett Chairs the Planning Board:

“The Planning Board, taking a recommendation by the Industrial Land Committee, put forth a zoning amendment for town meeting to deliberate and debate and they voted that they did not want to make that an allowed use. That’s their privilege and their right and I’m comfortable with that.”

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About Bobbi Clark

Bobbi Clark is a Plymouth area reporter at WATD. She 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.