Letter To The Editor: Planning Board’s Meeting Date Is Quite Shocking

Photo: Yom Kippur begins at sunset on Tuesday. Dear Planning Board, As you probably know by now, the League of Women Voters of Belmont has been studying Marijuana in Belmont since September 2017. We, as a committee, try to stay involved and aware in all aspects of planning for Marijuana in Belmont. We happened to […]

Planning Board Expands South Pleasant District With Eye On Waverley Square

Photo: Andy Rojas at the July Planning Board meeting with the proposed plans for an assisted living center. With an eye on the future of a “new” Waverley Square that will be unrecognizable “in 10 years,” the Belmont Planning Board has expanded the overlay district along South Pleasant Street it approved in July at its […]

Brown Bag Talk: How Marijuana Regs Will Impact Belmont

Photo: Sale of marijuana begins  The League of Women Voters in Belmont is holding a Brown Bag discussion on local marijuana regulations with members of the Belmont Board of Health and Planning Board on Friday, March 9, from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the Belmont Public Library’s Assembly Room. The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission released draft […]

Second Time A Charm: Sanderson Appointed To Planning Board

Photo: The Planning Board earlier this year. For Edward “Sandy” Sanderson, the second time was a charm as the planning professional was appointed as an associated member of the Belmont Planning Board by a unanimous vote of the Belmont Board of Selectmen on Monday, Oct. 30.  Sanderson’s selection came six weeks since the Selectmen voted […]

Breaking: Two Planning Board Members, Including Former Chair, Resign

Photo: (left) Barbara Fiacco; Liz Allison Former Chair Liz Allison and member Barbara Fiacco suddenly resigned from the Belmont Planning Board since Monday, Oct. 23. The departure of the pair comes less than a fortnight after associate member Raffi Manjikian angerly resigned on Oct. 13 due to a “hostile work environment” created by newly-elected Chair Charles […]

Mass AG Reviewing Alleged Open Meeting Violation By Planning Board

Photo: The web page of the Attorney General’s Open Meeting Law web page. The Concord Avenue resident who fired a shot across the Planning Board’s bow a month ago concerning possible violations of the state’s Open Meeting Law is now training his aim at the board’s waterline after submitting his complaint to the Commonwealth late […]

Manjikian Blasts New Planning Board Chair in Resignation Letter: ‘Hostile Work Environment’

Photo: Planning Board Chair Charles Clark (left) and former member Raffi Manjikian. In a tempestuous letter sent to the Belmont Board of Selectmen on Friday, Oct. 13, Raffi Manjikian abruptly resigned as an associate member of the Belmont Planning Board, eight days after fellow board member Charles Clark was named the body’s new chair. Manjikian said […]

Citizens’ Petition To Create Elected Planning Board Filed With Town Clerk [VIDEO]

Photo: The residents behind the citizens’ petition to create an elected board (from left): Anne Mahon, Paul Roberts, and Wayne Mesard. Town Clerk Ellen Cushman is collecting the petitions. Three residents filed a citizens’ petition with Belmont Town Clerk Ellen Cushman to transform the appointed Planning Board into an elected body on Tuesday morning, Oct. 10.  Town […]

Selectmen Place Two On Planning Board Seen Supporting Status Quo

Photo: The Board of Selectmen Monday. A divided Belmont Board of Selectmen Monday added two members to the Planning Board seen as favorable to the board’s current leadership which was attacked by one selectman for exceeding its authority and fostering a ponderous permitting process.  “You’ll be sorry,” charged Selectman Adam Dash as the board voted […]

Planning Board Member Blasts ‘Big Idea’, Calls For Chair’s Resignation

Photo: Pointed exchange; Charles Clark (left) calls for Chair Liz Allison’s resignation as Raffi Manjikian looks on. In a fiery and personal rebuke, Planning Board member Chuck Clark called for the immediate removal of board’s chair, Liz Allison, for what he alleged has been the abuse of power in presenting a controversial proposal dubbed the “Big […]