Boxborough Friends: Tonight at 7:30 the Planning Board is having a public hearing about zoning changes on Rt. 111 near 495. The proposed changes allow for more flexibility in development. The developers are looking to add a town green, restaurants, light manufacturing, a small warehouse, and some retail space. The tax revenue for the town would be significant (over a million dollars a year at build out). The town is facing many large expenditures in the next several years: a new fire station, new schools at the region, potential farm land currently in chapter, and a renovated or new police station. We need to start looking for ways to start generating revenue to offset some of these expenses or our tax bills will go through the roof. At the last public hearing on this, the planning board heard from people who said "raise our taxes, we don't want any development". Most of those people don't need to worry about getting children to bed, homework, or apparently money. The Planning Board is not hearing from the families in town, mostly just some, but not all of our seniors (I am one of the seniors who wants this proposed zoning change). If you feel strongly about keeping economic diversity in town, would like some of the proposed amenities, and would like to help increase our tax revenue it would be great if you could attend tonight's meeting. I have sat on enough boards over the years to know you usually only hear from people when they are unhappy, let's let the Planning Board know we think this is a good idea!
Thanks in advance,