June 15, 2021: The Essex Coastal Scenic Byway is a 90-mile roadway that links 14 coastal communities from Lynn to Salisbury and features scenic views, period architecture, historic sites and recreational opportunities: https://coastalbyway.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/ecsb_report_summary.pdf
June 13, 2021: The newly formed Gloucester Cultural and Civic Center has a plan to build The Gloucester Forum, a proposed 76,000 square foot state-of-the-art cultural and civic center that includes a main stage theater, studio theater, rehearsal rooms, conference center, as well as offices for maritime and nonprofit arts organizations. Mark Bobrowski will provide research and legal services related to the zoning issues for the parcel. He will advise the board members and make recommendations for a strategy for success. This may include researching previous zoning exemptions for businesses such as the Beauport Hotel, GMGI and Cruiseport. Drawing on his depth of knowledge of municipal zoning, Mark will be invaluable to their work as they lead up to their 2022 request to the Gloucester City Council. Click here to see their presentation.
June 13, 2021: Conservation Commission meeting June 16 at 6 PM, may be a big night. Of particular interest to the public, Notice of Intent (NOI) 28-2776 for 11 Webster Street and Request for Determination (RDA) for 1703 Salt Island: SKM_28721061112180 (gloucester-ma.gov)
June 13, 2021: Community Preservation Committee meeting Tuesday June 15 at 6 PM, applicant presentations, round 1: SKM_28721060913420 (gloucester-ma.gov)
June 13, 2021: City Council O&A sub-committee Monday June 14 at 6 PM regarding CC order #2021 - 12 presented by Scott Memhard to consider adopting pilot changes in 2019 Beach & Stage Fort Park regulations relating to surfing at Good Harbor Beach. Flexibility will be discussed to accommodate surfers. This is a good initiative. SKM_28721060909110 (gloucester-ma.gov)
June 13, 2021: Regarding mosquito control in Massachusetts, the group Safe Mosquito Control, https://www.facebook.com/safemosquitocontrol.ma, thanks you for your recent support of the Mosquito Control Municipal Opt-Out Application process.
The State is reviewing 34 completed Municipal Opt-Out applications. We now await review and approval by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) and Department of Public Health.
According to Craig Gilvarg, EEA Deputy Communications Director, opt-out applications will be “reviewed with consideration of historical arbovirus risk, the impact of the opt-out application regionally, and the implementation of an alternative mosquito management plan.”
If any applications are deemed deficient for approval, there needs to be comments returned to the municipality for amendment and resubmission to the State. Declination by the State should not be an option.
Please contact the following and request the approval of all Municipal Opt-Out applications: Caroline Higley at the EEA email@example.com
State Senator and State Representative: https://malegislature.gov/Search/FindMyLegislator Mosquito Task force for the 21st Century https://www.mass.gov/.../comments-for-the-mosquito...
Additionally, as a courtesy, you can find two form letters here the group has created for your convenience when contacting EEA or your elected officials.
June 10, 2021: Ordinances and Administration Committee meeting on June 14 at 6PM Councilor LeBlanc's CC Order 2020-03 requests a review of the city charter: SKM_28721060909110 (gloucester-ma.gov)
June 10, 2021: GLOUCESTER MEANS BUSINESS
June 7, 2021: For a better understanding of the chain of command in Gloucester please see the City's organization chart. It's noteworthy who really is in charge . . . See more
June 7, 2021: City Council meeting June 8th @ 6:00 pm. It's a public hearing regarding 11 Webster Street for building in excess of Sec 3.2 limits and building heights in excess of 35 feet in the R-20 District: SKM_28721060408550 (gloucester-ma.gov)
June 7, 2021: Over the weekend Patti Amaral shared a letter she had submitted for a Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) review regarding Mattos Field and its proposed appropriation for a new school. Read More . . .
June 4, 2021: Fiscal 2020 Comprehensive Annual Report http://www.gloucester-ma.gov/DocumentCenter/View/7505/City-of-Gloucester-CAFR-2020?bidId=
June 2, 2021: Planning Board will meet Thursday June 3rd @ 5:00 pm on the agenda is a continued public hearing for the proposed Upper Banjo Cluster Development: SKM_28721060111380 (gloucester-ma.gov)
June 2, 2021: Special Events Committee meets Thursday June 3rd @ 2:00 pm Click here for a full list of events planned for this season in Gloucester: SKM_28721060111310 (gloucester-ma.gov)
June 2, 2021: As contaminated water concerns grow, Massachusetts towns urge the state to stop spraying pesticides in their communities (msn.com) “I have yet to be convinced that blanketing the state with pesticides is a good public health strategy,” said Julia Blatt, executive director of Massachusetts Rivers Alliance. “It seems crazy to me that we’re asking water suppliers to spend millions of dollars to remove PFAS from public water supplies to make them safe, while continuing to spread pesticides, some of which we know contain PFAS.” In Gloucester, there were other concerns, especially from the lobster industry:Patti Page, an outspoken resident who works for a local lobster business, noted that mosquitoes and lobsters are both arthropods and vulnerable to the same threats.“What kills a mosquito kills lobsters just as effectively,” she said.Before the new law took effect, she noted, Gloucester didn’t allow spraying and has seen no reason to change.“This took away all local control,” she said. “This was very concerning to me.”
June 2, 2021: Cape Ann Cosmos, a link to arts, science and entertainment events list on Cape Ann, Cape Ann Cosmos: Arts, Science & Entertainment Newsletter
June 1, 2021: New rules around parking for residents in GDT: https://www.gloucestertimes.com/news/city-limits-beach-area-parking-to-residents/article_2df3fbd7-dd03-5a64-926d-282bc6217149.html
June 1, 2021: Local woman quoted in the Boston Globe today with concerns about pesticide spraying: https://www.bostonglobe.com/2021/05/31/business/contaminated-water-concerns-grow-massachusetts-towns-urge-state-stop-spraying-pesticides-their-communities/
May 30, 2021: Considering it's an election year, here is a link to the city's charter, the governing document that explains the powers of the city. It's a good read and reference point for any of you inclined to hold those in office accountable: http://www.gloucester-ma.gov/DocumentCenter/View/1263/CityCharter?bidId=
May 30, 2021: In order to stay informed we urge you to actively participate in Gloucester's Open Space and Recreation committee meetings. Refer to city's calendar for dates and times http://gloucester-ma.gov/1021/Public-Meeting-NoticesMetropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) is leading the Greater Boston’s regional long-range planning - Metro Common 2050, Greater Boston's next land use and policy plan. Each month there will be a new information added and various ways to interact. Click here to take survey: https://mapc.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_d1gV69jqThRkfPw Strategies include considering the future use of TDRs, cluster development by right, and establishing bylaws or ordinances to preserve trees on private property which serve the public interest.
May 30, 2021: Friday May 28th marked the deadline for municipalities to submit a Mosquito Control Municipal Opt-Out application for approval to State EEA Sec Katherine Theoherides. The Mosquito Task Force will meet June 2nd @ 1:00 pm and discuss the Opt-Out process. We are hopeful all Municipal Opt-Out applications will be approved. Link to Mosquito Task Force agenda with link to meetinghttps://www.mass.gov/doc/june-2-2021-meeting-agenda/download
May 29, 2021: At next week's scheduled Conservation Commission meeting conservation restrictions at 286 Concord Street will be discussed. See ConComm's meeting and agenda schedule for more information: http://gloucester-ma.gov/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/13298
May 27, 2021: Please find link to workbook the city's OSRC is using to conduct is review of Gloucester's open space: OPEN SPACE AND RECREATION PLAN (mass.gov)
May 27, 2021: Metro Common 2050 Greater Boston's next land use and policy plan, click here to take survey MetroCommon Policy Survey (qualtrics.com) The plan is considering the future use of TDRs, cluster development by right, and controlling private trees on private property. In order to stay informed we urge you to actively participate in Gloucester's Open Space and Recreation committee meetings. Refer to city's calendar for dates and times http://gloucester-ma.gov/1021/Public-Meeting-Notices
May 26, 2021: Do you enjoy open spaces? Gloucester’s Open Space and Recreation Committee (OSRC) is undertaking a review of the city’s open space plan.
Here in Gloucester there are all varieties of open space, from the Gus Foote pocket park to Stage Fort Park. Open spaces include both passive and active recreation areas from the woodlands of Dogtown, the Lanesville quarries (city-owned only please), Magnolia Pier, Annisquam Bridge, Rocky Neck causeway, Jones’ Creek Landing, properties owned or governed by land trusts, ball fields, beaches, public landings, and parks.
To learn more, go to the city’s main page, http://gloucester-ma.gov/ click on the Government, Boards and Commissions tab, then scroll to OSRC. (Unfortunately, the link through the Departments tab to Community Development to OSRC does not lead you to the same interface, so don’t be fooled.) Or use this link: http://www.gloucester-ma.gov/131/Open-Space-Recreation-Committee
This planning effort is being led by the State Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC). MAPC is a public agency created under Massachusetts General Law Chapter 40B, Section 24.
MAPC's mission statement can be found here at https://www.mapc.org/aboutus/
The results of their Virtual Open House survey should be posted shortly.
This renewal planning process is underway but there is still time for the public to participate. An OSR public survey, originally scheduled to launch May 24th, will be launched in the near future. There will also be a second public forum scheduled and city-wide participation is encouraged. This process will develop strategies and goals for the next seven years. Those interested in guiding the policies which will be incorporated into Gloucester’s new open space and recreation plan should stay tuned and participate.