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Zoning Bylaw Amendments passed at Annual Town Meeting

Residents approved the proposed Zoning Bylaw Amendments, as well as the proposed Large Scale Battery Storage Moratorium, at the Annual Town Meeting on Monday, May 23, 2022.  The Amendments and Moratorium are in effect as of May 23rd, however, they must still be approved by the Attorney General's office.  To view the Zoning Bylaw Amendments, click HERE.  To view the Large Scale Battery Storage Moratorium, click HERE.

Congratulations Nancy & Josh!

Planning Board Chair Joshua Kusnierz won a three-year term on the Board of Selectmen during the Town Election on Monday, April 11, 2022.  He earned 325 votes out of the 380 total votes cast (over 85%)!

Selectman Nancy Talbot chose not to run for another term on the Board of Selectmen and instead won a five-year term on the Planning Board as a write-in candidate!

Congratulations from the Planning and Community Development Department!



Upcoming Meetings

Planning Board
         
          Thursday, July 7th, 2022 @ 7:00pm
          
Board of Selectmen's Meeting Room - 126 Main Street, Ware, MA 01082
         
Meeting Agenda: HERE
          Zoom Link: HERE
                    Meeting ID: 784 604 1861
                    Passcode: 01082
                    Phone Number: (929) 205-6099
* Instructions for call-in option: at or before 7:00pm, call the phone number above and enter the Meeting ID number, when prompted. 


Community Development Authority

          Monday, July 11, 2022 @ 6:30pm
          Board of Selectmen's Meeting Room - 126 Main Street, Ware, MA 01082
          Meeting Agenda (check back soon!)
          Zoom Link: HERE
                    Meeting ID: 784 604 1861
                    Passcode: 01082
                   
Phone Number: (929) 205-6099
* Instructions for call-in option: at or before 6:30pm, call the phone number above and enter the Meeting ID number, when prompted. 

Zoning Board of Appeals
          
          Wednesday, July 20th, 2022
          Board of Selectmen's Meeting Room - 126 Main Street, Ware, MA 01082
          Meeting Agenda (check back soon!)
          Zoom Link: HERE
                    Meeting ID: 784 604 1861
                    Passcode: 01082
                   
Phone Number: (929) 205-6099
* Instructions for call-in option: at or before 7:00pm, call the phone number above and enter the Meeting ID number, when prompted. 


Recent Meetings

Planning Board 

         Thursday, June 2nd, 2022
                   
Minutes (Awaiting approval from the Board)
                    Watch the recording on Ware TV (check back soon!)


        Thursday, June 2nd, 2022
                   
Minutes 
                   
Watch the recording on Ware TV 

          Thursday, May 19th, 2022
                   
Minutes 
                    Watch the recording on
Ware TV 
     
          Thursday, April 28th, 2022
                   
Minutes
                   
Watch the recording on Ware TV 

          Thursday, April 21st, 2022
                     Minutes 

                   
Watch the recording on Ware TV 

          Thursday, April 7th, 2022
                   
Minutes  
                   
Watch the recording on Ware TV

Previous Planning Board Meeting Minutes

Zoning Board of Appeals

          Wednesday, June 1st, 2022
                   
Minutes (awaiting approval from the Board)

          Wednesday, January 26th, 2022
                    Minutes

          Wednesday, January 13th, 2022
                   
Minutes

Previous Zoning Board Meeting Minutes

Planning Board / Zoning Board of Appeals

          Thursday, February 24th, 2022
                    Minutes


          Thursday, February 10th, 2022
                     Minutes 
                    Watch the recording on Ware TV

Community Development Authority
 
Monday, June 6th, 2022
                    
Minutes (awaiting approval from the CDA)

Monday, May 16th, 2022
                    
Minutes (awaiting approval from the CDA)

Monday, April 11th, 2022
                    Minutes

Monday, March 14th, 2022

                    Minutes

Previous CDA Meeting Minutes


Ongoing Projects

Mass Central Rail Trail
The Town is currently accepting bids for Phase II of the Mass Central Rail Trail, which will cover from Longview Ave. to Mountain View Dr.  This project will consist of laying down stone dust along the .75 miles of trail, minor grading at the two bridge crossings, and grading along the trail for drainage.  Bids will be accepted until April 7th, 2022 at 12:00pm with bid openings immediately after.

Main Street Improvement
This state funded project will improve vehicular, bicycle, and pedestrian safety and reduce vehicular queues at the intersections of Main Street and West Street, as well as Main Street and South Street.  Work will include resurfacing of the intersection approaches, improved pedestrian and bicycle accommodations and access, new signage and pavement markings.  A traffic signal will be installed at the Main Street and West Street intersection, which will be coordinated with the existing signals.

Complete Streets

A complete street is one that provides safe and accessible travel alternatives for all modes - walking, biking, transit, and motorized vehicles.  Complete Streets designs contribute toward safety, health, and economic vitality that can be enjoyed by people of all ages and abilities.  Having multimodal options to travel between home, work, schools, recreation, and retail destinations are essential in promoting more livable communities.


Want to get involved?

Agricultural Commission Members Wanted!
Are you a local farmer, and / or someone who wants to support our local farmers?  The Town of Ware is seeking members of the community interested in joining the Town Agricultural Commission! 
The Agricultural Commission will promote agricultural-based economic opportunities; to preserve, revitalize and sustain the Ware agricultural industry; to encourage the pursuit of agriculture as a career opportunity and lifestyle in the Town of Ware; and to represent and give a voice to the Ware farming community.  The Commission will work in close cooperation with other Town boards and committees to develop a work plan to guide its activities. Such activities include but are not limited to, the following: assist in writing the Town's Right-To-Farm Bylaw; serve as facilitators for encouraging the pursuit of agriculture in Ware; promote agricultural-based economic opportunities in Town; act as mediators, advocates, educators, and/or negotiators on farming issues; work for preservation of prime agricultural lands; and pursue all grants and other initiatives appropriate to creating a sustainable agricultural community.

Contact the Ware Planning and Community Development Office for more information at (978) 967-9648 ext. 120