Board of Selectmen seeks members of two new Shrewsbury committees

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Shrewsbury – The Shrewsbury Board of Selectmen is seeking residents to serve as members on the Shrewsbury Public Lands Committee and the Shrewsbury Historic Preservation Committee, which were established March 27.

Selectmen are seeking two residents for the eight-member Public Lands Committee. Interested persons should have a demonstrated commitment to open space, outside recreation, the law or land use and must be a registered voter of the town.

The scope of the charge is to use the recent site location list used for the Beal School Project as a point of departure to evaluate each parcel for use or disposition limitations imposed by recent Supreme Judicial Court rulings, Town Meeting action, condition of gifting to the town, and conservation or other limitations, with the final product being an inventory of land complete with use limitations.

The committee will receive staff support from the Office of the Town Manager, Engineering/GIS and an intern from an area institution.

Three residents are being sought for the nine-member Historic Preservation Committee. Interested persons should have a demonstrated interest and commitment to the matter of “historic structures” located in town worthy of long-term protection from demolition and must be a registered voter of the town.

The scope of the charge is to use assessor’s database to establish a baseline for focus of attention on structures within certain years of registration with the town or building permits and determine reasonable outcomes to reduce or eliminate the eventual demolition of such structures. Additionally, members explore changes in zoning bylaws to allow for greater flexibility for side and rear yard setbacks to avoid high land values and new home values to cause the likely demolition of such structures provided that an appropriate deed restriction is placed on the subject structure.

The committee will receive staff support from the Office of the Town Manager, Assessor, Building Inspector and others as required and an intern from an area institution.

Interested persons are asked to send a letter of interest by mail to John Lebeaux, chair, Board of Selectmen, 100 Maple Ave., or by email to [email protected] no later than 4:30 p.m. Monday, July 16.