Page 2 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, JUnE 7, 2024 MEETING | FROM PAGE 1 tions to the Route One Business Highway Sustainable Zoning District (BHSD) bylaw. “It’s intended to provide greater protection to the neighborhoods,” Serino said in advocating on behalf of the five articles. “These articles also give the town more control,” Serino said. These are the highlights of the new zoning changes approved by Town Meeting members at Monday night’s meeting: Article 29 increased the required setback buffer from any abutting residential district from 50 to 75 feet. This Lawrence A. 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Any structure over 55 feet in height allowed by a Special Permit by the Board of Selectmen must be at least 100 feet away from any property line. This measure passed 38-6 with five absent. Article 32 requires that struc425r Broadway, Saugus Located adjacent to Kohls Plaza Route 1 South in Saugus at the intersection of Walnut Street We are on MBTA Bus Route 429 781-231-1111 We are a Skating Rink with Bowling Alleys, Arcade and two TV’s where the ball games are always on! 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Planning Board backed articles The Planning Board, at its May 23 public hearing to review and issue recommendations regarding the five warrant articles, voted 4-0 to recommend passage of all five warrant articles. Three of the members – Planning Board Chair Jeanette Meredith and Members Richard Thompson and Robert Long – are also Town Meeting members who voted in support of the articles again this week. In its recommendation to Town Meeting, the Planning Board cited its concerns about: (On Article 29) the impact of commercial and mixed-use development in the BHSD upon abutting residential properties; (On Article 30) the height impact of commercial and mixed use development in the BHSD; (On Article 31) the height impact of commercial and mixed-use development in the BHSD; (On Article 32) the height impact of commercial and mixed-use development in the BHR subdistrict of the BHSD; (On Article 33) the density of residential uses in the BHSD. The state Attorney General’s Town Meeting Member Arthur Grabowski said the articles Selectman Michael Serino authored are “pro-resident,” not “anti-development.” (Saugus Advocate photo by Mark E. Vogler) the articles approved by Town Meeting to determine whether they comply with state law. That process may take 30 to 90 days, according to Town Clerk Ellen Schena. The minority view Several veteran Town Meeting members voted in opposition to the articles. Precinct 8 Town Meeting Member Thomas Traverse called Article 29 – to increase the required setback buffer from 50 to 75 feet – “pretty contentious.” Before the Town Meeting session had gotten underway, Traverse had measured 25 feet at the front of the auditorium so members would have a better understanding about the distance. “It seems like everywhere we look, we’re trying to stiff development,” Traverse said. He noted that while there was about $3 million in building permits over the past year, about 30 percent of the storefronts on Route 1 remain vacant. “Somebody has to step up for development. These articles are all anti-development,” Traverse said. Precinct 2 Town Meeting Office must still review all of Member Peter A. Rossetti Jr. also suggested that the articles were adversarial toward development. “This is the third set of restrictions that we’re putting in,” Rossetti said. “There haven’t been any developments proposed since these restrictions started,” he said. “It’s a mistake to keep adding restrictions,” Rossetti said. Precinct 8 Town Meeting Member Arthur Grabowski took umbrage to the way some Town Meeting members characterized the articles as being bad for development. “This is not anti-development. This is pro-resident,” Grabowski said. “Yes, we need development. But we need development that’s for the town,” Grabowski said. “Let’s start representing our residents and homeowners,” he said. Precinct 10 Town Meeting Member Peter Manoogian supported the article, but suggested that the existing regulations would have been effective had they been enforced properly. “This is what happens when developers take advantage of a weak Planning MEETING | SEE PAGE 3 Town Meeting member Peter Rossetti, Jr. said the warrant articles crafted by Selectman Michael Serino would discourage developers from doing projects. (Saugus Advocate photo by Mark E. Vogler)

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