Voters to consider seven articles at Bourne Special Town Meeting Feb. 10

Meeting has been postponed twice due to snow

The Bourne Special Town Meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 10 at 7 p.m. at Bourne High School. The meeting, which was originally set for Monday, January 26, then Monday, February 2, has been postponed twice due to weather.

The warrant for the Special Town Meeting contains seven articles and one resolution. Some of the highlights of the warrant include the following:

Article 2 asks if the town will vote to place the following question on the ballot for the next annual or special town meeting: "Shall this Town be added to the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority?" The MBTA will not provide services to a city or town that does not join their transportation area.

Article 3 asks for approval for the town to install a large-scale Solar Photovoltaic Ground Mount System on land owned by the Bourne Water District outside of the town's Solar Photovoltaic Ground-Mounted System Overlay District. 

Article 5 is a request to replace Bourne Zoning Bylaws Section 2842 with an entirely new section 2842. The proposed section 2842 includes an entirely new section pertaining to affordable housing. The new language would allow residential developers to either include a minimum of 10% of the units for affordable housing, develop, construct or provided an equivalent number of units elsewhere (off-site), or pay "fees-in-lieu-of" as a contribution to the Bourne Affordable Housing Trust Fund. 

The resolution is a request from the Town of Bourne that NSTAR (now Eversource) "abandon its current plan to use herbicides along rights-of-way on Cape Cod and commit to a no-spray, pesticide-free policy".

Review the warrant for the February 10 meeting here. The Special Town Meeting will be recorded and broadcast at a later day on the local cable access channel.


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