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Appointments, November focus groups put revamp of Planning Board into effect

Appointments, November focus groups put revamp of Planning Board into effect

Residents got credit from the city manager for raising the need for Planning Board renewal “in a powerful way that opened a lot of eyes” and caused city staff to work without rest since summer.

City sets Oct. 17 deadline for applications to its Commission on Status of Women

People interested in serving should submit a letter of interest, including a résumé and/or an explanation of applicable experience.

Good finances will lower tax rates again as councillors ask about more for housing

Good finances will lower tax rates again as councillors ask about more for housing

Property values are up, but thanks to the city again using free cash and other money for relief, only 15 percent of homeowners will see an increase of $250 or more in their tax bills.

Worried about police? Safeguards failed for Cambridge force when last needed

Worried about police? Safeguards failed for Cambridge force when last needed

The police commissioner’s assurances of checks and balances on officer actions cann’t be accepted at face value – not if recent history is any gauge.

‘Linkage’ of $3.9M for affordable housing was left on table by city since 2002 advice

‘Linkage’ of $3.9M for affordable housing was left on table by city since 2002 advice

Officials failed to adopt a 2002 study about “linkage” fees for big construction, then left the fee essentially flat for more than a decade.

Council poised to reject Carlone petition amid talk of improving planning process

Council poised to reject Carlone petition amid talk of improving planning process

Opponents of a zoning petition didn’t offer alternatives to concerns over three large developments, but did talk about changes to Planning Board processes.

First hurdle passed in $5 million contest about energy saving, net-zero emissions

First hurdle passed in $5 million contest about energy saving, net-zero emissions

Cambridge is among 52 communities getting to the quarterfinals of the Georgetown University Energy Prize with its energy conservation ideas.

Potential Board of Zoning Appeals members should apply by Sept. 12

People interested in serving on the Board of Zoning Appeals should send a letter of interest, including résumé and applicable experience, by Sept. 12.

Five reasons to worry city’s development master plan process is already in trouble

Five reasons to worry city’s development master plan process is already in trouble

While it’s too early to panic, it’s hardly good news that the expert consultant building the foundation for a citywide development plan doesn’t know why she’s doing it.

Weather swells storm of public comment, but Silver Maple Forest order is washout

Weather swells storm of public comment, but Silver Maple Forest order is washout

Despite shock over flash flooding and a tornado in Revere, an order aimed at saving the Silver Maple Forest from development wound up as watered down as the region itself.

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