Town Center Zoning District Public Hearing – April 2, 2020 at 7:00 PM
Important Notice: Pursuant to Governor Baker’s March 12, 2020 Order Suspending Certain Provisions of the Open Meeting Law, G.L. c. 20A, S18, and the Governor’s March 15, 2020 Order imposing strict limitations on the number of people that may gather in one place, the April 2, 2020 meeting of the Shrewsbury Planning Board will be conducted via remote participation to the greatest extent possible.
Written and e-mailed comments are strongly encouraged and must be received by noon on April 2, 2020. Emails may be sent to email@example.com or mailed to the Planning Board at 100 Maple Ave. However, if you wish to call in to participate in the public comment portion of this public hearing, dial 1-413-597-8248 and enter the following PIN: 693 335 716#. PLEASE MUTE YOUR DEVICE until the Chair of the Board addresses this agenda item or opens the meeting to public comment.
The Town of Shrewsbury is currently in the process of rezoning the town center area. Many New England communities have a town center that is the focal point of civic life, and this is certainly the case in Shrewsbury. The Town Center is therefore seen as an area that should be strengthened, so it becomes more of a destination with a continued traditional look and feel. New England town centers are generally walkable, consist of multi-story and multi-use buildings that are positioned close to the street and sidewalk. This traditional “main street” layout creates a comfortable environment for pedestrians and encourages people to visit more than one shop in a single visit.