Public Hearing – September 3, 2020 – Zoning Board

Legal Notice
Town of Blandford
Zoning Board of Appeals
Notice of Public Hearing

A public hearing will be held on September 3rd at 7:00 pm at the Blandford Town Hall, 1 Russell Stage Road, for all parties interested in the application by Robin Parker. The application is for a special permit to operate a commercial kitchen at 109 Otis Stage Road, Blandford.

The special permit is required under section 4.3.1.4 of the Blandford Zoning By-­laws. The By-Law states in part that a special permit may be granted…” for uses which are not specifically prohibited or already require a special permit from another board…”. The property at 109 Otis Stage Road contains 7.2 acres of land and can be found on the assessors map parcel number 110-0-26.

Due to the current pandemic caused by COVID-19, there has been a suspension of certain provisions of the open meeting law G.L.C. 30A 18, as well as a limitation on the size of gatherings placed into effect by the Governor on March 15th, 2020. Any participation by interested parties may be done remotely. The phone number is (425) 436-6311. And the access number is 248-324#. This will connect the caller to a chat room that has the hearing.

For any questions, especially about remote access, please call Don Brainerd at (413) 848-2332.

Public Hearing – June 17, 2020 – Zoning By-law Changes

COVID-19: At the time of posting we anticipate that the hearing will proceed with social distancing and face covering required. This is subject to change as required. Please check our website: townofblandford.com for COVID-19 safety protocol changes.

Pursuant to MGL., CH. 40A, Sec. 11 the Planning Board will hold a Public Hearing at the Blandford Town Hall, 1 Russell Stage Road, Blandford, MA 01008, on June 17, 2020 at 7:00 PM to present Zoning By-law Changes:

Article 21: To see if the Town will vote to amend Zoning By-law Section IV: PROVISIONS FOR DISTRICTS, Sub-Section 4.2: BUSINESS DISTRICT, Sub-Section 4.2.1; Sub-Section 4.2.1.9, by deleting:

Any additional use, which is not specifically prohibited or already requires a Special Permit from another Board, for which the Board of Selectmen may grant permission.

as contained therein and inserting in place thereof the following:

Any additional use, which is not specifically prohibited or already requires a Special Permit from another Board, for which the Zoning Board of Appeals may grant permission.

in accordance herewith, or take any other relative action thereto.
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REVIEW THE FULL LIST OF CHANGES HERE →

Public Hearing – November 6, 2019 – DG Northeast Portfolio 2020, LLC

The Town of Blandford Planning Board will hold a public hearing on November 6, 2019 at 6:30 pm in the Town Hall (Selectmen’s Office), 1 Russell Stage Road, Blandford, MA 01008 to consider the application for project titled “Rolling Potato Solar” by DG Northeast Portfolio 2020, LLC (DG NE) 700 University Boulevard, Juno, FL 33408 for a site plan approval as required under the following sections of Blandford Zoning Bylaw:

• Section VIII – Large-Scale Ground-Mounted Solar Photovoltaic Installations (LSGMSPI). The project will also conform to the recently adopted amendments to the LSGMSPI By-Law approved Town of Blandford on June 27, 2018.
• Section IX – Site Plan Review

The applicants propose to install a 7.0 MW DC and 5 MW AC energy Large scale ground- mounted solar Photovoltaic facility on approximately 25 acres of the 37-acre property currently owned by Lloyd and Mary Martin at 89 Chester Road (Assessors Map 408, Parcel 0 19.1) in Blandford, Massachusetts. The property is currently zoned Agricultural and Undeveloped with proposed access from Chester Road with the proposed point of intersection via overhead wires on Chester Road.

The complete application and plans are available for public inspection in the Town Hall lobby during regular business hours (8:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.), and at the Porter Memorial Library, 87 Main Street, Blandford, MA.

Anyone wishing information and/or to be heard on this matter should appear at the time and place designated.
Richard Barnard, Chair
Blandford Planning Board

Public Hearing – October 2, 2019 – Syncarpha Blandford, LLC

The Blandford Planning Board will be holding a Public Hearing on October 2, 2019 at 6:30 PM in the Town Hall (Selectmen’s Office), 1 Russell Stage Road Blandford, MA to consider the resubmission of plans and changes of Syncarpha Blandford, LLC, 250 West 57th Street, Suite 701, New York, NY 10107 for a Site Plan Approval as required under the following sections of the Blandford Zoning Bylaw:
• Section VIII – Large Scale Ground Mounted Solar Photovoltaic Installations
• Section IX – Site Plan Review

The applicant proposes changes to the existing large scale ground mounted solar photovoltaic (PV) facility on an approximately 32 acre portion of the approximately 75 acre parcel of land located off of the east side of Chester Rd. (Assessor’s Map 408 Lot 13) which is located within the Agricultural (AG) Zoning District.

The complete application and plans are available for public inspection in the Town Hall lobby during regular business hours (8:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.), and at the Porter Memorial Library, 87 Main St, Blandford, MA.

Anyone wishing information and/or to be heard on this matter should appear at the time and place designated.
Richard Barnard, Chair
Blandford Planning Board

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Following the meeting above, the Planning Board will hold another Public Hearing to consider the application for a 8.640 kWp ground mounted residential solar facility by All Energy Solar, 159 Front St., Chicopee, MA 01013 on the property of Greg and Karen Yvon, 239 Otis Stage Road, Blandford, MA 01008. This solar project is for residential use only.

Plans for this project can also be found at the Town Hall lobby and at the Porter Memorial Library as stated above.