All creatures great and small
Rowan, Samara, Andrew, and Preeti Mostello, along with Indira Makwana, explore the vernal pool along the path to Barba’s Point. This vernal pool visit was led by biologist Bob Douglas in partnership with the Harvard Conservation Trust. Registration is open for the May 8 event. (Photo by Jen Manell)
Could the commercial district be reimagined so as to preserve the town’s character, expand the tax base, and rewrite the zoning bylaw so elegantly as to avoid unintended consequences?
At next week’s Town Meeting, residents will decide whether to fund a $300,000 study that could lead to a sweeping update to the commercial zoning bylaw, a recommendation made in Harvard’s first comprehensive plan in 1969, and echoed in the 1988, 2002, and 2012/2016 comprehensive plans.
The Planning Board has requested that the town allocate $300,000 from the Capital Stabilization and Investment Fund to plan the future commercial development along Ayer Road by creating a new zoning framework. Citizens will vote on the proposal at the May 15 Town Meeting, where it will require a simple majority to pass.
The Select Board breezed through 22 of the 23 articles on the warrant for Spring Town Meeting. Only one article led to a divided vote at the board’s meeting last Tuesday. That was Article 11 on the future of Bromfield House.
The Board of Health received approval from the Select Board to submit an application to the Department of Public Health to opt out of mosquito spraying should it be mandated by the state this summer.
Monday night’s announcement at the Select Board meeting that Take It or Leave It may soon reopen at the Transfer Station probably came as welcome news to many residents.
Harvard’s annual Memorial Day parade and Fourth of July festivities have been canceled for the second year in a row.
The state reported two new confirmed COVID-19 cases in Harvard for the week ending April 27, bringing the town’s cumulative number of confirmed cases since the pandemic began to 136.
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