On March 7, FRCOG hosted a session by Atty Kelli Gunagan of the Municipal Law Division of the Office of Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey. Participants included boards of health, select boards, planning boards, building inspectors, and town administrators. Many municipal boards and departments have things to consider in response to the changes in the new law, from local taxation to zoning, registration, health inspection and more. Below are materials from the workshop for those who were unable to attend, or want digital copies:
- To read the Department of Revenue’s Frequently Asked Questions about the law and the new tax, click here.
- Full language of Short Term Rental law 64G
- MA DOR Short Term Rental slides to MA Municipal Attys Assn
Information on local option taxes and community impact fees:
- Sample Short Term Rental Warrant Articles
- List of Local Option Tax Adoptions in Franklin County Towns
- Timetable for local option tax implementation after vote
- How to notify DOR of your town’s adoption of a local option tax
Information on local bylaws and zoning changes:
- AGO Decisions re Short Term Rental Bylaws
- Draft — Williamsburg Short Term Rental General Bylaw
- Draft – Williamsburg Transient Lodgers Amendment to Zoning
Other Materials provided at the 3/7 workshop:
- Home Rule Amendment
- CPHS Health District Short Term Rental Guidance for Owners
- Two Law Library Case Reports:
Members of the Boards of Health and Select Boards in the Cooperative Public Health Service health district’s eleven member towns gathered on November 29th to celebrate their sixth year of collaborating to provide high quality public health protections to residents. We were also joined by state Department of Public Health Office of Rural Health and Office of Local and Regional Health staff and a member of the Mohawk Trail Regional school staff! After dinner, speakers addressed a health topic of great concern to our region: adolescent health, especially as regards vaping and marijuana, and what local actions towns can take to protect youth. You can review the presentations here:
- From Melinda Calianos of the Tobacco Free Community Partnership: VAPE presentation for CPHS
- From Kat Allen of the Communities That Care Coalition: Marijuana Presentation to CPHS 2018
A series of listening sessions has recently been scheduled to gather input from community leaders regarding the suggested focus areas to be included in the development of the Massachusetts Rural Policy Plan. Listening sessions will be held in several regions across the Commonwealth.
The Western Massachusetts listening sessions are:
- 12/6 6 PM at Berkshire Regional Planning Commission register at email@example.com
- 12/11 5PM at Pioneer Valley Planning Commission register at firstname.lastname@example.org
- 12/13 5PM at GCC Downtown — register at email@example.com
This workshop on 11/8 featured FRCOG Municipal Financial Management Specialist Joe Markarian, who joined us after a long career of supporting towns in improving their financial management practices at the Technical Assistance Bureau of the Massachusetts Division of Local Services.
The fall workshop series for local officials is ready for registrations!
Click here for a calendar of the entire fall. For more information on each session, visit the date of the session on the Meetings and Events tab on this website.
To register for any session, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also, stay tuned this fall for two sessions in Greenfield for planning and zoning boards, offered through the Citizen Planner Training Collaborative
This workshop has been moved to the Greenfield Community College Main Campus, Stinchfield Lecture Hall, due to high interest. Registrations are capped at 150 people. Register by clicking here.
Massachusetts is in the midst of a heartbreaking crisis of addiction and overdose, and one of the most important things we can all do to prevent further deaths is reduce the stigma experienced by people with substance use disorder. Only 1 in 12 people people with this disorder seek treatment — can you imagine if numbers were similarly low for diabetes?
FRCOG’s staff have signed the Boston Medical Center Stigma Pledge and will work to make sure we use non-stigmatizing language. Join us!
To learn more about the Pledge, click here.
To review an “Addictionary” of stigmatizing and non-stigmatizing language, click here.
We were pleased to host Commissioner Kay Doyle and Director of Government Affairs David Lakeman at the FRCOG on 6/7 for a review of the final Massachusetts Adult Use Marijuana regulations.
Click here for the slides.
Other handouts at the 6/7 meeting:
- Marijuana and youth health handout — Apr 2018
- Mass Assn of Health Boards Template BOH Marijuana Regs 5 23 18
- Fire Engineering article on home growing brought by Bob Root of Hawley FD/BOS
According to the latest U.S. County Business Pattern data, 73% of our region’s private sector employers (i.e. not government establishments and not self-employed) had less than 10 employees. Interested in more of this data? Contact Jessica Atwood, Economic Development Program Manager at the FRCOG.