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Sturbridge planners sign off on legal issue

September 15, 2009
STURBRIDGE — An abbreviated Planning Board met Tuesday, with members Jennifer Morrison and Russ Chamberland absent, reducing a would be seven member board with one vacancy — down to four people for the night.

Those at the meeting signed a planning map to put an end to a long-standing legal issue in town.

Interim Town Administrator Michael Racicot explained that the parcel at 215 Shepherd Road had previously been approved by for construction by the building inspector, but plans were halted by the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) because the lot did not meet the minimum frontage requirement.

Racicot said that decision was appealed in a court hearing, the outcome of which was adjudication in favor of the ZBA.

Following the hearing, Racicot said there was very little action on the site, which already had one house sitting on it, throwing off the ratio of developable land to road frontage.

See Thursday's Southbridge Evening News for complete coverage of community news.

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