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Ordinance Committee Planning Board Joint Meeting August 22, 2023

Aug 22 2023

6:30 pm City Hall Holyoke

536 Dwight St, Holyoke 01040

Posted August 17, 2023, 11:00 AM

City Council
Holyoke Massachusetts

Pursuant to the Massachusetts Open Meeting Law, G.L. c. 30A, §§ 18-25,
and Chapter 2 of the Acts of 2023,
notice is hereby given of a meeting of the committee on

with hearings held jointly with the Planning Board

Tuesday, August 22, 2023
6:30 PM

Meeting to take place at
Holyoke City Hall, 536 Dwight St
and can be accessed remotely on Zoom Meetings
Per order of the Chair: Linda Vacon

Remote access via
Meeting ID: 831 7743 6694 Meeting Passcode: 289877 or by call in at 1 (646) 558-8656 with the same Meeting ID and Passcode.


Item 1: 6-20-23 Petition of Amie Matos, street vendor application, 363 Main St
*Amended to 497 High St, Tabled 6-27-23

Item 2: PUBLIC HEARING 6-20-23 Zone change application from DR to BC for Jose Almonte at 549-551 South Bridge St (029-08-002) to rebuild convenience store following a recent fire.
(joint hearing with the Planning Board)

Item 3: PUBLIC HEARING 3-7-23 MCGEE — Ordered, that the Zoning Ordinance, Section 7.8 WIRELESS TELECOMMUNICATION FACILITIES AND ANTENNAS, be amended to include Small Wireless Facilities.
(joint hearing with the Planning Board, continued from 4-25-23, 5-23-23)

Item 4: PUBLIC HEARING 10-18-22 MALDONADO VELEZ, GIVNER — Ordered, that the City Council add a section for Battery Storage Facilities to the Zoning Ordinance (Section TBD) to reflect technology advancements and future need for such installations; new facilities will be reviewed through Section 10.0, Major Site Plan Review.
(joint hearing with the Planning Board, continued from 12-13-22, 1-24-23, 4-25-23, 5-23-23)

Item 5: PUBLIC HEARING 3-7-23 MCGEE — Ordered, that the Zoning Ordinance, Section 6.4.2 Exemptions, be amended to add a letter,
(k) Banners or signs associated with a civic or municipal program may be allowed in all districts. Community or commercial sponsorship may be displayed on said banner or sign provided that the banner or sign itself is not be greater than six (6.0) square feet. These installations must be approved by the City and by the Department of Public Works as applicable.
(joint hearing with the Planning Board, continued from 4-25-23, 5-23-23)

Item 6: PUBLIC HEARING 3-7-23 MCGEE — Ordered, that the Zoning Ordinance be amended to add a section for Short Term Rentals, in addition to amending Section 2 DEFINITIONS, and any other sections that may apply to this use.
(joint hearing with the Planning Board, continued from 4-25-23, 5-23-23)

Item 7: PUBLIC HEARING 10-4-22 Special permit application for Small Wonders LLC at 109 Lyman St (023-01-014) for a marijuana manufacturing establishment.
(continued from 12-13-22, 1-24-23, 2-28-23, 4-25-23)

Item 8: PUBLIC HEARING 5-16-23 Special Permit Application of Red Barn Growers LLC to operate a Marijuana Manufacturing Establishment at 1 Cabot Street Units 5 and 6 (048-01-010).
(continued from 6-27-23)

Item 9: 6-20-23 MCGIVERIN, TALLMAN, VACON — Ordered, That the City Council adjust the Sewer Rate ordinance.
*Tabled 6-27-23

Item 10: 2-7-23 JOURDAIN, VACON — Ordered, that Ordinance 2-421 be amended to include all public hearings so that the public has an opportunity to truly participate in their government and to advance transparency.
*Tabled 4-25-23, 6-27-23

Item 11: 2-21-23 PUELLO — Ordered, in accordance with the city charter, create ordinance language that confirms, when a resident is elected as a ward councilor and subsequently moves to another ward during the term, the ward city council seat is vacated.
*Tabled 5-23-23, 6-27-23

Item 12: 4-18-23 JOURDAIN, MCGEE — ORDERED:
To amend section 2-156.1 to return the approval the assistant city solicitor for the city council by the President of the city council to the language:
(1) City council. An assistant city solicitor shall attend all regular and special city council meetings and subcommittee meetings as necessary. The assistant shall work with the city council regarding legal questions posed to the law department by the council or by individual council members. The appointment of the assistant city solicitor for the city council shall also be approved by the president of the city council.

To further amend to return this language to section 2-153 of our ordinance:
In special cases the mayor, or city council through a majority vote, may authorize or require the department to secure the advice or services of such additional counselors as they may deem best. No money shall be paid by the for legal services, except as expressly authorized by this chapter. The mayor shall fund any authorization approved by the city council under this section.
*First half of order adopted, tabled 5-23-23, 6-27-23

Item 13: 6-20-23 From Kathleen Degnan, Assistant City Solicitor, OPEB Declaration of Trust Agreement
*Tabled 6-27-23

Item 14: 5-16-23 MURPHY-ROMBOLETTI — Ordered, that the City Council amend Ordinance 2-336(a) and (b) to reflect a streamlined process for disposition of tax title properties and other properties not needed by the City for municipal purposes and to add a new section for the creation of an Abutter Lots Sale Program.
*Tabled 6-27-23

Item 15: 8-1-23 GIVNER — That the handicap sign be removed from 282 Pine St. for Frank Collado as the sign user has passed.

Item 16: 8-1-23 PUELLO — That a handicap sign be placed in front of 36A Resnic Blvd. for Margareit Colon, Placard #PL2290916.

Item 17: 8-1-23 PUELLO — That a handicap sign be placed in front of 565 So. Canal St. for Miguel Maysonet, Placard # PL 1400890.

Item 18: 8-1-23 RIVERA_J — That a handicap sign be placed in front of 19 Worcester Place for Mya Williams, PL 5160992. Exp: April 12. 2024.


Administrative Assistant: Jeffery Anderson-Burgos

The listing of matters are those reasonably anticipated by the chair which may be discussed at the meeting. Not all items listed may in fact be discussed and other items may also be brought up for discussion to the extent permitted by law. Also one or two items may require the committee to enter into executive session at this meeting. Agenda subject to change up to two business days (48 hours) prior to posted meeting time.

Jeffery Anderson-Burgos
Administrative Assistant to the City Council

Holyoke City Hall
536 Dwight St, Room 10
Holyoke, MA 01040
Regular hours 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Meeting days 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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