Pembroke: Town Meeting Passes Cluster Zoning Bylaw

In Pembroke, budget shortfalls were funded at Special Town Meeting and a $63 million operating budget was approved during the Annual Meeting.  

Voters approved a cluster zoning bylaw, which would allow for senior housing at the Country Club.

Becky Coletta, the Chair of the Planning Board, says the developer came to the board with the proposal. Developers told the board that it was a way to keep the golf course sustainable.

“We held public hearings to find out what the abutters and the other people in town thought. We came up with some changes to the bylaw that would give a little more protection,” said Coletta. “The more we thought about it, we thought it was the best use of the space. It would not allow more development than would be allowed with a single-family neighborhood, and it would have a net positive impact, financially on the town.”

Residents approved the article by a two-thirds vote. Many felt it was a way to keep the golf course in town.

Interim Town Manager Ed Thorne says some people didn’t like the idea at first, but they felt it was a good solution.

“I think as some of the people said, this was the best solution for the property, it’s the best solution for the town in general. I know all the town departments supported it,” said Thorne. “We’re looking forward to working with the country club and the developer, and we’re looking forward to a great project.”

The Attorney General now has to approve the zoning bylaw before development can go forward. If approved, the Planning Board and Developers would hold public hearings on the project.

Pembroke Town Meeting concluded in one night.  

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