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April 18, 2006
Resolution Opposes Expedited Permitting
by John Andrews, MCHC

The City of Cambridge has gone on record in opposition to the expedited permitting proposal now being considered by the Massachusetts House of Representatives. The legislation (H4741) has a number of provisions that discourage careful public review of permits requested by developers. Text of the City Council resolution is provided below.


City of Cambridge in City Councill

April 3, 2006

COUNCILLOR KELLEY

WHEREAS: The Massachusetts House of Representatives is now
considering a bill (House 4741) that would change the legislation
guaranteeing public access to the waterfront in new developments at or
abutting the ocean, rivers, wetlands, filled tidelands, and other
waterways; and

WHEREAS: This bill would simultaneously eliminate the ten-citizen
appeal, and override the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)’s
own administrative review which currently dismisses frivolous appeals;
and

WHEREAS: This bill would also make it more difficult for local
zoning authorities to determine their own needs with respect to new
research and development (R&D;) projects, and otherwise weaken local
zoning authority vis a vis the state’s powers and authority to override
local zoning ordinances; now therefore be it

ORDERED: That the Cambridge City Council go on record in
opposition to this proposed House Bill 4741; and be it further

ORDERED: That the City Clerk be and hereby is requested to forward
a suitably engrossed copy of this order to the Speaker of the House,
Senate President and Cambridge’s State Representatives and Senators.

  

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