The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, September 15, 2000


State approves bylaw amendments

Town zoning bylaw amendments, approved by residents at the May 2000 Annual Town Meeting, also received the requisite endorsement from the state Attorney General's office, according to a letter sent to the town clerk dated September 8.

The municipal law unit approved Articles 23, modifications to the Senior Residential Open Space Community bylaw; Article 24, expansion of the site plan review; Article 25, requirements for lot regularity; and perhaps most controversial, Article 26, revisions to the wireless communications facilities or cell tower bylaw.

Paul Gill of the wireless applications advisory committee said he was not surprised that the town received the approval since "most of the changes were in favor of the industry." He explained that the town lowered the likelihood of being the target of a suit by giving up something.

The attorney general's stamp of approval means that "the townspeople of Carlisle have not done anything in violation of state law. It does not mean that the bylaw cannot be challenged," according to Gill. Surprisingly, his committee has not yet received any applications for wireless facilities in town.

2000 The Carlisle Mosquito