Under current State guidelines, some of the provisions of the Massachusetts Open Meeting Law, G.L. c. 30A, §18, have been suspended by the Governor, meaning that meetings may be held on co-called hybrid fashion (both in-person and via use of on-line services such as Zoom). The Planning Board is continuing to hold meetings this way, so for those who do not want to come in person, here is how to attend 'virtually':
Download the “Zoom” meeting application, go to https://zoom.us/j/91797025919, then join meeting by using Meeting ID 917 9702 5919, Passcode 028241. You can also attend by phone by dialing +1 929 205 6099 US, then join meeting by using Meeting ID 917 9702 5919, Passcode 028241 (Voice Only).
The Planning Board may be broadcast on PACTV, Comcast Channel 15/Verizon Channel 47, but that is dependent on other conflicting events.
PLANNING BOARD PUBLIC COMMENT POLICY
Effective September 15, 2022 - Subject to periodic review
NOTE: This policy applies to Public Comment only. It does not apply to petitioners, applicants, or similar persons/entities who are required to appear before the Planning Board per statute, regulation, bylaw, or otherwise.
Under the Open Meeting Law, any restrictions on public comment, including whether to allow public comment at all, are at the discretion of the Board Chair. G.L. c. 30A, sec. 20(g).
Subject to any limitations on particular items as may be directed by the Board Chair, the Plymouth Planning Board has established the following general policies for public comment:
- Members of the public are allowed three (3) minutes to speak. If a person wants more time, they need to request it, and it will be up to the Planning Board to decide, by majority vote, whether to grant additional time. Additional time will not be granted to repeat matters already stated by others, and the Board Chair may direct a speaker to cease speaking at any time.
- At the discretion of the Planning Board Chair, public comment on any item may be stopped when comments and questions become repetitive. Public comment may be reopened at the discretion of the Planning Board Chair if the Chair determines that the additional comments are new or are of particular significance.
- All public comments and questions are to be directed to the Planning Board, and not to any petitioner or applicant.
- After all public comment is closed, the Planning Board, through the Chair, may at their discretion permit the petitioner/applicant to respond to some or all of the public comments and questions. At no time will any exchange between the public and the petitioner/applicant be allowed.
5. Disruptive behavior will not be tolerated. Examples of disruptive behavior include:
- Interrupting the Board or another speaker;
- Speaking when not recognized by the Board Chair;
- Speaking on a matter not before the Board;
- Engaging in personal attacks on any person or entity;
- Speaking to others while the meeting is still proceeding, including upon entering or leaving
A person who engages in disruptive behavior will be warned by the Planning Board Chair. If further disruptive behavior occurs, the Planning Board Chair may refuse to allow the person to speak, and may further direct the person to leave the meeting. Persons who do not follow such direction may be removed by constable or officer. G.L. c. 30A, sec. 20(g).
Please note that the meeting will usually continue after items of public interest are discussed. Persons wishing to leave the meeting before it is formally concluded by vote of the Planning Board must do so in a quiet and orderly fashion. Persons who do not do so are subject to the same sanction as those deemed to be disruptive of the meeting.
Planning Board Agenda,
Wednesday, November 30, 2022 (Remote and In-Person)
1820 Court Room, 26 Court Street
7:00 Executive Session [Not Open to the Public]
[Executive session is considered appropriate if the Chair declares that discussion in an open meeting may have a detrimental effect on the litigating position of the Board. Votes may occur.]
Executive Session pursuant G.L. c. 30A, Section 21(a)(3) to discuss strategy relating to litigation known as Smith et al. v. McAlduff et al., Massachusetts Land Court C.A. No. 21 Misc. 000182 (DRR).
7:00 Administrative Notes:
[These are typically administrative matters, meaning they are for Board consideration rather than public input. They include approval of minutes, review of plans allowed either as a matter of right or per a pre-existing approval.]
October 19, 2022, October 26, 2022 and November 9, 2022
Covenants, Plans and Releases*:
Form A Plans*:
A4844 – Tupper Hill LLC, Tupper Hill Road, Map 55 Lots 45C-12 through 45C-24 – Lot Line Adjustments to create Lots 45C-27 through 45C-33
7:30 Master Plan Task Group - Gap Analysis Presentation
ZBA 4075 – Scranton Holdings Corporation
101 Carver Road, Map 101, Lot 1-29
Special Permit required per Section 203.3D Sign Table to waive the number of freestanding signs allowed
[Request to add an additional freestanding sign for the Plymouth Square shopping plaza at one of its entrances on Carver Road where no sign currently exists]
Site Plan Review – Cape-View LLC/David Sacra 185 Center Hill Road, Map 52, Lot 9B Residential Ground Mounted Solar System
Open Space Definition Submittal Deadline Policy
Submittal Deadline Policy
“Topics not reasonably anticipated by the Chair 48 hours in advance of the meeting.”
[This is for emergency or time sensitive matters that the Planning Board needs to address]
Permits Developer to Proceed with Homes on Bump Rock Road
The Plymouth Land Court has issued a decision in the case of Smith v. Planning Board of the Town of Plymouth and T&K Retail, LLC, finding that the Planning Board had the authority to allow a developer to petition to modify a restrictive covenant placed on land by a prior owner. The decision was limited to the facts of this particular matter - a covenant issued to the Planning Board as a condition of approval of a subdivision, For a summary of the legal process and the decision, please click below.
The Pine Hills Area Trail System is a proposal to utilize open space in the Pine Hills area of Town to create a walking and biking trail network.
Click on this link to see their video: https://vimeo.com/737128268
The Town is in the process of reviewing all of the property it owns to assess whether it is being put to its best use. Attached is a list of all Town owned properties, both developed and undeveloped. Please note that many of these properties are subject to historic and conservation restrictions, and thus cannot be sold or altered.