Stakeholder Concerns and Challenges surrounding Solar By-Laws in Hopkinton

Stakeholder Concerns and Challenges surrounding Solar By-Laws in Hopkinton

Here’s a quick summary of concerns that residents, land owners, town officials and abutters in Hopkinton have been voicing over more than the last couple of years. To get an understanding of the timeline of actions and events that happened since 2017, please also see 

Commercial Solar Bylaw – The Whole Story

Commercial Solar Bylaw – The Whole Story

The issue of ground-mounted photovoltaic commercial solar overlay in Hopkinton has been a source of a long and contentious debate for over a couple of years now. The following visual story is broken down by timeline and lays out all events, actions and plans pertaining 

Weekly News Roundup – 10/25/2020

Weekly News Roundup – 10/25/2020

Covid-19 Updates & Precautions • HHS cancels live classes Friday for Grade 9 after another positive COVID case • Hopkinton COVID-19 update for Oct. 22: Info on town’s rent/mortgage relief program • Select Board supports programs to help residents in need of COVID-related financial assistance 

Weekly News Roundup – 10/4/2020

Weekly News Roundup – 10/4/2020

Covid-19 Updates & Precautions • Early in-person voting at Senior Center Oct. 17-30 • DPW hosts household hazardous waste collection Oct. 17 • Superintendent explains closing to School Committee: ‘We decided to err on the side of caution’ • Superintendent: HHS student tests positive for COVID-19 

Planning Board Actions Taken 09/14/20

Planning Board Actions Taken 09/14/20

Agenda Items & Actions Taken (unofficial): Administrative Items: a. Board Appointments i. ZAC – Curtis Smithson 8 votes, appointed to the position ii.  Minutes of June 1, 2020; June 22, 2020 approved 2. Continued Public Hearing – Maspenock Woods (West Elm Street) – Maspenock Woods Realty 

Planning Board Actions Taken 08/18/20

Planning Board Actions Taken 08/18/20

Agenda Items & Actions Taken (unofficial): Discussion and vote about whether to keep Town Meeting Articles sponsored by the Planning Board on the Warrant for Annual Town Meeting or withdraw some or all of these articles. The Board took two votes: The first being to 

Planning Board Actions Taken 08/10/20

Planning Board Actions Taken 08/10/20

Agenda Items & Actions Taken (unofficial): 1. Administrative Items a. Zoning Articles for Town Meeting All approved unanimously. Amend Article XIX, Nonconforming Lots, Uses and Structures, Section 210-128, to allow for a waiver issued by the Zoning Enforcement Officer for certain uses that do not 

More Openings on Boards & Committees – Apply Online

More Openings on Boards & Committees – Apply Online

Although many positions have been filled this summer, the following town boards & committees still have one or more vacancies. Please see the Town website at hopkintonma.gov for information about the duties of specific boards and committees. Interested residents must apply via the online volunteer 

Planning Board Actions Taken 07/27/20

Planning Board Actions Taken 07/27/20

Agenda Items & Actions Taken (unofficial): 1.0 Administrative Items Master Plan discussions – Continued to August 10 – Not Discussed 1.1. Discussion of Solar Overlay Town Meeting Article – Discussed / no action taken 1.2. Legacy Farm Road South Trees – Discussed 1.3. Board Appointments 

Weekly News Roundup – 08/02/2020

Weekly News Roundup – 08/02/2020

Covid-19 Updates & Precautions • Families must inform Hopkinton schools by Aug. 3 if/how their children will return • Superintendent shares school reopening details with anxious families • Senate President Spilka Announces Local Aid and Chapter 70 Funding Commitment for Fiscal Year 2021 • Water Ban 

Planning Board Actions Taken 07/13/20

Planning Board Actions Taken 07/13/20

Administrative Items Reorganization of the Board – Action Taken: Gary Trendel voted Chair, Rob Benson voted Vice Chair Notice of Vacancy – Amy Ritterbusch Resignation – Action Taken: Resignation accepted and the vacancy will be posted. Candidate selection to be made at a joint meeting 

Planning Board Actions Taken 06/22/20

Planning Board Actions Taken 06/22/20

Agenda Items & Actions Taken (unofficial): 1. Administrative Items a. Form K Lot Release – Lot A-2-3 and Restricted Land Covenants – Legacy Farms North – Approved b. Approval Not Required Plan – 79 Frankland Road – Hopkinton Area Land Trust – Approved c. Approval