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Town accepts 43D grant

Existing regulations to go under microscope

Priority development sites such as this have been identified on the Charlton Road and Main Street sections of Route 20, as well as on the Route 131 portion of Main Street. Christopher Tanguay. (click for larger version)
July 09, 2009
STURBRIDGE — Although the road to expedited permitting may appear to be a long and winding one, it is actually relatively short and direct — as far as state processes go.

At a Special Town Meeting in February, the voters of Sturbridge accepted the provisions of Massachusetts General Law Chapter 43D, which will streamline the permitting process for commercial development on parcels of land designated as priority development sites.

Selectmen on Monday accepted a 43D Technical Assistance Grant for $52,770 to be used in getting the town's rules and regulations in synch with the framework of the 43D.

Town Planner Jean Bubon said the request for the grant money was filed in addition to the town's general program application.

See Thursday's Southbridge Evening News for complete coverage.

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