Category Archives: Zoning

On the Issue of Historic Preservation

Several years ago, the local historic district ordinance was a hotly debated topic.      Tempers flared and much acrimony was spread about dividing the community.      Historic preservationists warned that if no protections were put in place; the … Continue reading

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“Citizens” Arise!

You’ve seen these homeowners all over the city.      These are the one’s with beautiful lawns, the very nicest building materials and the sharpest looks…. ………But the sidewalk in front of their house is a tangled mess of weeds and dirt. … Continue reading

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BAD LEGISLATION ALERT! IT CONTINUES!

Tomorrow Night will be another chance to stop an ill-conceived attempt to cater to special interests instead of taking care of the citizens as a whole. We dodged a bullet when it came to 100 State Street as outrage was … Continue reading

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STOP STEVE FRAM AND CHUCK BEAR FROM RAISING NEWBURY’S TAXES!!!

It is a very sore subject in Newbury – but again, we have some ‘old economy’ believers who think that more residential development will bring in more taxes for the city. But as has been well-documented and published across the … Continue reading

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Now is the time to pick a new mayor!

If someone is going to be a viable opponent to Mayor ‘Bulldozer’ Holaday; they need to begin the process now.      It will be too late in the spring and a losing proposition in the summer/fall. This, of course, is obvious … Continue reading

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Improving sidewalks is a cheap way to boost equity and property values!

The IRS has actually codified this jump in values.    They have found that improving the public sidewalk that runs adjacent to a homeowner’s property will boost the appraised value of the private property.       They also found that installing historic brick … Continue reading

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Libertarians – Say it ain’t so!

The excuse for last night’s shenanigans came right from the Mayor’s mouth that a ‘few’ homeowners have been caught under this ordinance and they just ‘can’t’ swing improving the city’s sidewalks as they do ‘moderate improvements’. Supposedly, a $100,000 is … Continue reading

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