Weymouth: Starwood legislation for southfield a ‘collaborative product;’ developer deadline extended

After the 14th meeting with Weymouth Town Council, Matthew Barry, Starwood Vice President said  they have collectively made 23 changes to their proposed legislation to date, which he now sees as a “collaborative product” between Starwood and Weymouth.

Barry recognized that as long as “positive progress” continues with the town, they will stay and continue to work together to get the legislation passed by the end of this legislative session – contrary to their original deadline date of today.

Several additional changes to the legislation were made at Monday night’s meeting, including the “poison pill” timeline.

Under the new timeline, the town would not take on any municipal responsibilities until the state agreed to the changes to the Parkway Bond Financing MOA. Barry said the state would have until December 15, 2014, and the town would begin providing services on January 1, 2015.

Starwood’s legislation would require the state to agree to remove the “clawback” commitment and  finance the completion of the Parkway.

Barry also presented a 24-36 month development plan to the Council, which includes designing, permitting, and constructing the recreation facility, over 300 new residential units, and water and wastewater infrastructure.

Another change to the legislation established Monday night was to rename the South Shore Tri-Town Development Corporation (SSTTDC )to the “Southfield Redevelopment Authority,” the first change officially voted on by the Council.

The Council voted 7-3-1 to make this change pending legal review of the name.

“A fresh name and a new start would be good” Council President Patrick O’Connor said.

The Council also has another piece of legislation to consider after SSTTDC came out with their own proposed legislation last month.

Jeffrey Wall, the Weymouth representative on the SSTTDC Board of Directors, presented the 7 recommendations of their legislation to the Council Monday night.

The recommendations include: expanding the Board from five to seven members, eliminating the CEO and CFO positions effective January 1, 2016,and bringing zoning changes before the administration of each town.

Wall said the elimination of the CEO and CFO positions would give the Board more responsibilities.

“It comes down to the day-to-day operations I think,” Wall said, “I know their proposal for an Executive Secretary is paramount of moving forward with having some continuity in that office on a daily basis. You’re definitely going to have to have that.”

Weymouth Town Council was particularly concerned with the legislation’s language on zoning changes.

“They would actually put it to the mayor, as proposed,” Wall said, “I think that we have to come in line for Weymouth to the Weymouth Town Council because they are the zoning authority.”

Michael Smart, Council Vice President, said he cannot support anything that does not include any zoning change coming before the Council.

Wall added that some type of change is a “necessary evil” for this project to move forward, as long as the end goal for any change is to benefit Rockland, Abington, and Weymouth.

Wall informed the Council that the Board had not officially voted on the proposal and would be deliberating at their upcoming meeting this Friday morning.

 

 

 

 

About Samantha Tracey

Samantha Tracey graduated from Salem State University in 2013 with a degree in Journalism. She has been reporting on local issues in a variety of towns: Bridgewater, Abington, Carver, Weymouth, East Bridgewater, Hanson, Halifax, etc. She says growing up on the South Shore has made it interesting now to be covering news in such familiar places.