Brewster Planning Board to tackle several bylaw issues February 26

Comments welcomed on floodplain, marijuana, museums and signs

On Wednesday, February 26 at 7:30 p.m., the Brewster Planning Board will hear several bylaw proposals.  Those proposals pertain to the floodplain, medical marijuana and signs. There is also a proposed change to the definition of what a museum is.

Floodplain bylaw

Several  changes are proposed to Chapter 179 Zoning, Article II Establishment of Districts, Section 179-7 in light of the recent FEMA changes to floodplains. Zone name changes and other adjustments have been made to the current language which was implemented in 1993. Complete draft changes are available for review here.

Medical marijuana bylaw

This bylaw amendment proposes that a new section (179.38.1) be added to Chapter 179.  This new section defines what a medical marijuana dispensary is and addresses the zoning, location and permitting of such a facility in town.

Sign bylaw

A change to the current sign bylaw was to be addressed last month, but was put off due to weather. The new bylaw would govern the placement of all signs outside and in store windows and see that such placement "complements and enhances" the "character of the community." A draft of the recommended revisions which would in effect replace the current bylaws is available here.

Museum change

According to a planning board document, the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History asked the board to consider a change in definition for the word "museum" to better encompass the "educational missions" of CCMNH.

The following definition has been proposed to replace the existing definition, "An institution, open to the public, which acquires, conserves, researches, communicates or exhibits objects of lasting interest or value for the purposes of education, study or enjoyment.

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