The Wellesley Advisory Committee this week recommended by an 11-2 vote unfavorable action on a proposed zoning bylaw amendment related to a proposed assisted living and memory care facility at 200 Pond Rd. See our Swellesley Report coverage for more details.
The Advisory Committee is Wellesley’s version of Natick’s Finance Committee, and as such, vets Town Meeting articles and makes recommendations. Wellesley’s Annual Town Meeting is slated to start in late March, ahead of Natick’s Spring Annual Town Meeting in April.
One challenge for the proponent is that neither town seems inclined to go first in approving zoning bylaw changes. Some in Wellesley fear the town will lose leverage over what it allows access to (despite more specific language in the article motion), while some in Natick don’t want to put a lot of work into bylaw changes in case Wellesley doesn’t make changes to its bylaw that would allow access to any such project. The proposed facility would have a Wellesley address, but be built in Natick on the site of a current mansion.
The Natick Planning Board is scheduled to hold a public hearing on proposed zoning amendments related to 200 Pond Rd., on March 13.
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