NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARINGS
Fairhaven Planning Board
Notice is hereby given that the Fairhaven Planning Board will conduct Public Hearings at 6:30 P.M. on Tuesday May 26, 2020, in the Town Hall, 40 Center Street, Fairhaven, MA and online via Zoom. To access remotely Log onto:
or call 1-929-205-6099, Meeting ID: 989 4256 4043 – Password: 082099.
• The purpose of the hearing will be to receive information and public comment on a Text Amendment to the Fairhaven Code, proposed by the Planning Board that would allow Special Permits to be valid for up to three years. Currently Special Permits are limited by Section 198-8.B to “… lapse if substantial use thereof or construction has not begun within two years, except for good cause”. The proposal would allow the Planning Board the ability to limit the validity of the Special Permit to if “…construction has not begun within two years, or, at the Planning Boards discretion, up to three years, except for good cause.” The flexibility to allow Special Permits up to three years would also affect and use the same language in Sections: 198.29.1.D for Communication Services; 198.29.3.E(17) for Sexually Oriented Businesses; 198-29.5.G(3) and 198-29.5.M(3) for Wind Energy Facilities; and 198.29.6.I(3) for Solar Photovoltaic Energy Facilities (SPEF).
A copy of the application is on file for public review at the Planning Board Office, Town Hall from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday and all information is accessible at the Planning Board webpage. To schedule an appointment to review the application call the Planning Department at (508) 979-4082, Ext. 9.
• The purpose of the hearing will be to receive information and public comment on the updating of the Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) to maintain currency with the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). This requires amendments to the Zoning Bylaw Chapter 198, Section 28, to replace five (5) existing map panels (25005C0391F, 25005C0392F, 25005C0394F, 25005C0411F, 25005C0413F dated July 7, 2009) with five (5) new map panels (25005C0391H, 25005C0392G, 25005C0394H, 25005C0411G, 25005C0413G da ted July 8, 2020).The date of the Bristol County Flood Insurance Study (FIS) report needs to be changed to July 8, 2020 and some required language from the NFIP model bylaw must be added. The location is town wide.
A copy of the application is on file for public review at the Planning Board Office, Town Hall from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday and all information is accessible at the Planning Board webpage: https://www.fairhaven-ma.gov/planning-board/webforms/national-flood-insurance-maps-new-nfip-fairhaven-map-panels-and-bylaw
To schedule an appointment to review the application call the Planning Department at (508) 979-4082, Ext. 9.
John Farrell, Chairman, Fairhaven Planning Board
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