The Board of Appeals shall have the following statutory powers under MGL c. 40A: Appeals. To hear and decide appeals by any person aggrieved by any order or decision of the Director of Municipal Inspections or other administrative official in violation of any
provision of MGL c. 40A or of this Chapter.
Special permits. Pursuant to MGL c. 40A, § 9, to hear and decide applications for special permits for which express provision is made in this Chapter; also, for special permits for uses accessory to an activity permitted as a matter of right which is necessary in connection with scientific research or scientific development or related production, whether or not the accessory use is on the same parcel as the permitted use, provided that the Board finds that such accessory use does not substantially derogate from the public
Variances. Pursuant to MGL c. 40A, § 14, to hear and decide petitions for use and dimensional variances as set forth in MGL c. 40A, § 10. Use variances permit a use of land other than a use expressly permitted in a particular district. Dimensional variances authorize deviations from restrictions dealing with such matters as setbacks, frontage and lot size. If the rights authorized by a variance are not exercised within one year of the
date of the grant of such variance, such rights shall lapse, unless otherwise extended by the Board of Appeals pursuant to MGL c. 40A.
Term Limit: 5 year Terms, unlimited number of Terms.
The Committee shall ascertain annually what capital expenditures will be required by the Town during the subsequent ten fiscal years. In making its determinations, the Committee shall consult with such officers of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and of the Town and its various boards and committees, as in its discretion it shall deem appropriate and beneficial. Department heads and chairpersons of all boards, commissions and committees of the town, whether elected or appointed, shall submit to the Committee, not later than the third Monday of November of each year, recommendations and statements for capital expenditures for the subsequent ten fiscal years. Recommendations for the subsequent five fiscal years will include operating cost estimates as deemed necessary by the Committee.
Whenever any officer of the commonwealth, or of a county, city or town, makes a payment of public money to the treasurer of a city or town in the commonwealth, he shall furnish at the same time to the auditor of such city or town, or to the town accountant, if there is no auditor, a written statement of the amount of the payment, and the date and purpose thereof.
Term Limit: 3 year Terms, unlimited number of Terms.
Hopkinton Community Preservation Committee was established to identify the Town's needs, capabilities and resources with regard to community preservation. The CPC considers proposals made by groups and individuals to ensure they meet the criteria of the law, benefit the community, and are financially feasible. The Committee then makes recommendations to Annual Town Meeting. The CPC may include in its recommendations a request to set aside for later spending funds for specific purposes that are consistent with community preservation, but for which sufficient revenues are not immediately available.
9 Member Board: 3 At-Large; Permanent Representatives: Conservation Commission, Historic Commission, Planning Board, Parks & Recreation Board, Housing Authority, Open Space Preservation Committee. At-Large serve 3-year staggered terms; permanent positions serve 1-year terms.
MGL 44B; Town bylaw Chapter 5 Section 23
Originally established as the Hopkinton Arts Lottery Council, under legislation enacted in 1979, this statute was replaced, in 1992, by M.G.L. Ch. 10, sec. 52-58. The purpose, under both statutes, has been to administer the distribution of funds provided by State Lottery, for a variety of cultural purposes. The Council may also conduct other activities to promote and encourage the arts.
Term Limit: 2 year Terms, limited to 6 Consecutive Terms, then 2 year break.
The Design Review Board shall review applications for site plan review submitted pursuant to Article XX. It shall evaluate such requests based on design criteria in this article. Its written findings shall be advisory to the Planning Board and shall be submitted to the Planning Board and the applicant along with any recommendations and conditions. Such findings shall contain explanation and rationale as appropriate.
Term Limit: 1 year Terms, unlimited number of Terms.
Purpose: The SBC shall be formed in accordance with the provisions of the Town's Charter and Bylaws for the purpose of developing, evaluating and, if appropriate, advancing an elementary school building project worthy of the Town of Hopkinton, generally monitoring the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) School Building Grant Application process and advising the Board of Selectmen during the construction of an MSBA Approved Project.
Mission: To facilitate the development of a proposed solution to the operational and educational constraints of Center School that will be supported by the voters of Hopkinton, as well as the MSBA.
Term Limit: 2 year Terms, unlimited number of Terms.
The Marathon Fund Committee was established in 1986 to make recommendations to the Board of Selectmen regarding use of the annual gift to the Town by the Boston Athletic Association related to the Boston Marathon. After allocating moneys to various expenses the Town incurs related to public safety and logistics for the race, the remaining dollars are allocated by the Marathon Fund Committee for student-athlete scholarships for Hopkinton high school seniors, as well as to fund grants to various needy community groups in support of recreation, athletics, and community.
The Tax Relief Committee was organized to provide assistance to residents of Hopkinton who need assistance in keeping up with the ever increasing property taxes that accompany the growth of our desirable town. Through an application process administered by the Committee members, eligible applicants are awarded up to a maximum of $500.00 per calendar year in support of their property tax bills. The goal of the Committee is to keep Hopkinton residents in their homes when fixed incomes or disabilities prevent them affording the town in which they own homes and live.
The TCMC will serve as a reference point for trails groups and the public, foster a user-friendly and open/transparent process, establish branding, promotion and public education, foster community engagement, and achieve sustainability. The TCMC will support and facilitate a coordinated approach to trail planning and management, comply with town plans, rules and regulations, and ensure the implementation of Town Meeting votes, adopted plans, regulations, regulatory decisions and board/committee actions.
This Committee was established to remember and honor our fallen Vets with an Annual Memorial Day Remembrance Celebration and to honor our local veterans with an annual Veteran's Day dinner.