HUDSON – An article that adds language regarding appeals of a Planning Board decision will be tabled prior to the Town of Hudson meeting.
According to attorney Mark Babrowski, who is Hudson’s special counsel for the Intel redevelopment project, The Hudson zoning bylaws do not include a section on site plan appeals. Residents could only appeal decisions after the issuance and refusal of a building permit. The appeal would then go to the appeal board, Babrowski said at a Nov. 1 planning board meeting.
If the appeals board were to make a decision that residents disagreed with, they could appeal to the appeals board in land court or superior court, Babrowski said.
However, Babrowski said that developers may choose not to apply for a building permit because they may not meet some of the conditions of the site plan, which would delay litigation.
“We’ll spin the wheels [and] spend money and everything will be a waiting game,” he said. “It’s still de novo in the zoning, which means it’s new again for the first time.”
The article before the municipal assembly – Article 30 – would have allow residents to appeal the Planning Board’s decision on site plan approval directly to the courts, instead of waiting to appeal the decision to the Appeal Board, he said declared.
In the end, the Planning Board voted 2 to 2 not to recommend Section 30, but according to Director of Planning and Community Development Kristina Johnson, the article will always go before Town Meeting.
Residents speak out on Hudson Town Meeting article
Residents who attended the meeting linked the proposed settlement to the redevelopment of the former Intel site.
Over the summer, Intel confirmed its intention to sell its property on Reed Road. Since then, developers at Portman Industrial have filed plans to build a 1,284,640 square foot distribution warehouse on site.
However, the project has caused residents, including those who live or work near the site, to speak out against the project.
At the November 1 meeting, some residents expressed support for the current process of waiting to appeal site plan approval to the Appeal Board.
“It has to be the worst time in the world to publish this article and it is simply not benefiting the inhabitants of certain parts of the city. I think this article should not be voted on, ”said resident Mike McCormack.
The Town of Hudson meeting is scheduled for November 21st.