The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, January 21, 2000


Planning board hears draft of rules for wireless facilities

The planning board has beencharged with drafting and adopting the rules and regulations by which the wireless communications facilities bylaw, approved at Town Meeting in November, will be administered. Led by member Dan Holzman, who works in the telecommunications industry, the board has prepared an initial draft of these regulations. Four members of the Carlisle Wireless Applications Advisory Committee (WAAC)Paul Gill, Fontaine Richardson, Dave Keast, and Bob Hambletonattended the planning board meeting on January 10 to review and discuss the draft.

The rules and regulations begin with a description of the steps required by Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 40A, Section 9 for issuance of a special permit. These are summarized as follows:

· The applicant must file an application with the town clerk.

· The applicant must file a copy of the application with the planning board.

· The applicant must post a notice of a public hearing with the town clerk after it has been approved by the planning board, have the notice published in the newspaper, and mail the notice to parties of interest.

· The planning board must hold a public hearing within 65 days from the date of filing with the town clerk.

· Within 90 days after the close of the public hearing, the planning board must make a decision, file it with the town clerk, and notify the parties of interest.

· If the permit is granted, the applicant must record it at the Registry of Deeds.

Other sections of the rules and regulations specify the application form and what it must include, how to file the application, and a listing of the application and review fees.

Both board and WAAC members seemed satisfied with the progress so far. The planning board will post a two-week notice for public hearing once the rules and regulations are finalized.

2000 The Carlisle Mosquito