Board offers tweaks to zoning bill

In a lengthy letter to the town’s delegation on Beacon Hill, the Planning Board has offered a list of changes for a statewide zoning overhaul being discussed by legislators. The board’s suggested adjustments to House Bill 1859 (titled “An Act Promoting the Planning and Development of Sustainable Communities”) include maintaining local control over certain issues that the proposed law would leave up to regional planning agencies, and making the new regulations cover all communities, as opposed to only certain qualifying ones, particularly in the handling of impact fees paid by developers. It also recommends a limit of five years for developers to act on an approved subdivision plan without being subject to any zoning or bylaw changes, rather than the eight-year vesting rights proposed in the House bill. The letter has been posted on the town’s website, www.stow-ma.gov.