Zoning and April 26 Town Meeting

There are signs posted around town urging that residents vote no on all the zoning changes that will be on the Regular and Special Town Meeting Warrants on Monday April, 26.  Please be advised that the proposed changes fall into several categories and that only three of the articles seek to rezone property.

Two Meetings in One Night

There are actually two distinct meetings held on April 26: the Annual Town meeting, which will take place over several nights, and a Special Town meeting which cannot be continued beyond the 26th.  Each has its own Warrant and both contain Zoning articles. Copies will be available at the town meeting.  Download your copy here:

Special Town Meeting Warrant

The first four articles on the Special Town Meeting warrant are  Housekeeping measures. Wrentham recently updated the town’s official zoning map and there is some information which needs updating and there are some internal inconsistencies in references within various Zoning Bylaws that can only be fixed by a vote at Town Meeting.

  • Article 1 is a housekeeping motion to update the town’s orfficial Zoning Map to reflect the correct date and engineering company
  • Article 2 iis a housekeeping motion to update an incorrect reference in the existing bylaws regarding the definition of MULTIPLE ATTACHED  DWELLING.
  • Article 3 is a housekeeping motion to update an incorrect reference in the existing bylaws regarding the definition of SINGLE DETACHED DWELLING to DOUBLE ATTACHED DWELLING.
  • Article 4 is a housekeeping motion to update an incorrect reference in the existing bylaws regarding the definition SENIOR LIVING COMMUNITY

The above mentioned articles do not change our existing zoning in any way except to make sure that the various sections contained within point to the correct definitions or that the correct information is reflected in our official documents.

  • Article 5 proposes to add two Associate Members to the Planning Board as a remedy for a long standing  difficulty with  having enough members eligible to vote on Special Permit applications.  Planning Board’s public hearings stretch out over many nights and often many months.  Owing to conflicts with work and family commitments and health issues, members sometimes miss meetings. State laws requires members be present at every meeting to vote on a special permit.  Adding associate members increases the pool of eligible voters to make sure that permits are processed in a timely fashion.
  • Article 6 seeks to rezone a piece of property that has significant frontage on both 495 and Route 1.  This is a landowner petition.  Proponents say this change will bring in new tax revenue without increasing taxes for residents or affecting the country feel of the town.
  • Article 7 seeks to rezone a small piece of property on Route 1 to C1.

Annual Town Meeting

  • Article 10 is a Citizens Petition put on the warrant by the Wampum Corner property owners. They seek to modify several elements of our B1 (business) designations for this specific area. No expansion of the district is proposed. No new uses are being added. Proponents say the purpose of the change is to allow slightly larger building sizes to accommodate much needed amenities like a pharmacy or a small grocery store and to increase tax revenue. There is little traffic impact envisioned owing to the types of businesses allowed by B1 zoning.