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Ordinance Committee / Planning Board Joint Meeting October 24, 2023

Oct 24 2023

6:30 pm City Hall Holyoke

536 Dwight St, Holyoke 01040

Posted October 13, 2023, 10:00 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, October 24, 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 Ordinance Chair: Linda Vacon; Planning Board Chair: Mimi Panitch
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, 8-23-23, 9-12-23

Item 2: PUBLIC HEARING 9-5-23 Special permit application of Blossom Flower LLC at 1 Cabot Street (048-01-010) for a cannabis third party transporter license.

Item 3: 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, 8-22-23)

Item 4: 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, 8-22-23)

Item 5: 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, 8-22-23)

Item 6: 3-21-23 JOURDAIN — Ordered, The City of Holyoke develop a personnel policy for the handling of administrative leave and codifying the rules into Ordinance as recommended by the Personnel Dept including but not limited to when employees should or should not be placed on paid leave or unpaid leave. The current process appears lacking objective standards. Taxpayers should also be protected to ensure people who should not be out on paid administrative leave are placed on unpaid administrative leave.
*Tabled 5-23-23, 6-27-23, 9-5-23

Item 7: 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, 8-22-23, 9-5-23

Item 8: 6-6-23 RIVERA_I, ANDERSON-BURGOS, MALDONADO VELEZ — Ordered, to establish a Holyoke Food Coalition by city ordinance.
*Tabled 6-27-23

Item 9: 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.
*Public Hearing closed 8-22-23, Tabled 9-5-23

Item 10: 9-5-23 MCGEE, TALLMAN — Order that two handicap parking spots be installed at the new park at Kennedy field.

Item 11: 9-5-23 PUELLO — That a handicap sign be placed in front of 584 So. Summer St. for Wilfredo Lorenzi, Placard #PL2230484.

Item 12: 9-5-23 BARTLEY — That a handicap sign be placed in front of 541/2 Davis St, for Angel Luis Vazquez Natal, Placard # PL5800106.

Item 13: 9-5-23 RIVERA_J — an order to remove a handicap sign from the front of 60 North East St. the person has moved.



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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