Planning + Land Use

Drivers on School Street and the Route 128 ramps may see delays of a minute or two from traffic backups if the Cell Signaling Technology laboratory on Atwater Avenue is approved. That was the …

The lack of housing is a major crisis in Massachusetts. We sat down with Massachusetts Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr to talk MBTA Zoning mandates, $4.1 housing bond bill and more …

Residents of Manchester-by-the-Sea will get another chance to learn about the MBTA zoning requirements and ask questions of the Task Force at a community forum on Saturday, April 27. The forum …

The Massachusetts Municipal Association supports Gov. Maura Healey’s policy-heavy, $4 billion housing bond bill, but there are pockets of concern among some city and town leaders, especially as …

This week, Manchester's Open Space Committee meeting sought to take the lead on an issue that had dogged local conservation-minded residents for decades: the future of Gordon College’s 130-acre …

The Manchester Harbor Management Plan Task Force also met Monday to deliberate over key issues that arose from a public forum held last month at the ME Regional High School, including the contentious …

Members of the Manchester-by-the-Sea MBTA Task Force presented its current proposals to the Planning Board at a meeting on Monday, March 25. The presentation was an attempt to bring the Planning …

Last Friday, in a pre-trial ruling, a Salem District Court judge gave the Manchester Community Center a clear message: you may go to trial on April 3 against Harbor’s Point Condominium …

When the Manchester-By-The-Sea MBTA Zoning Task Force meets with the Planning Board next month, they hope to present one definite area along with several alternative areas that can be part of the new …

Developer Geoffrey Engler and Town Counsel George Pucci sparred during the first day of hearings over the Strategic Land Ventures’ proposed 136-unit condominium plan for Shingle Hill off School …

Why is the MBTA Task Force Looking at Certain Areas of Town and Not Others?   The Task Force has considered all areas of Manchester-by-the-Sea.   Several areas are no longer in …

Manchester-By-The-Sea residents will have a chance to learn about and ask questions about the proposed MBTA Zoning districts at a forum on Saturday, March 2. The forum, held jointly by the MBTA …

The Manchester-by-the-Sea MBTA Zoning Task Force narrowed its focus even more onto sections of town that allow it to meet the requirements of the state’s new MBTA zoning law at its meeting on …

The Manchester-By-The-Sea MBTA Zoning Task Force reduced the number of the areas under current consideration for multi-family zoning options at its meeting on Thursday, Jan. 11. Of the 11 areas of town that the Task Force previously identified, five …

At December's 8th Annual Awards luncheon of Massachusetts’ American Planning Association, Manchester received the Sustainability and Resiliency Award for our “Coastal Vulnerability Action …

Acronym Update: MBTA, CST, SLV, MCC!

Even in a small town we can have our list of acronyms that can make for confusing conversations! It is time for updates on these projects with a minimum of jargon. The MBTA Task Force, the …

The challenge of navigating the state’s mandate for encouraging housing density in towns served by the MBTA has begun in Manchester and the other three Cape Ann municipalities impacted by the new …

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