A call to support zoning bylaw changes

Oct 12, 2015

To the editor,

I am writing in support of the proposed zoning bylaw changes for the properties on Seth Tobey Road and the changes are scheduled to appear on the warrant for Town Meeting the evening of Oct. 26. As you know, there has been a significant amount of retail development in the area contiguous to the properties proposed for the zoning change. If the change is approved the new zoning would allow a more uniform use of the parcels involved and blend more appropriately with the existing zoning. In addition, the town would realize an increase in the existing tax base without adding a burden to our school system or other town services.

It is gratifying to see that our town is finally starting to grow its commercial tax base. This will lead to local job growth, more dollars spent within our town and the convenience of local shopping opportunities for all residents. It is truly a win-win for all Wareham citizens.

Please join me in the support of this zoning change.


Scott Robertson
Robertson’s Auto Salvage

Comments (10)
Posted by: totellthetruth | Oct 12, 2015 19:03

In the interest of disclosure only; It should be mentioned that Mr. Robinson,and family own a large amount of land in this area.

I don't know if its a Win-Win  for all Wareham citizens, but its a Win-Win for the Robinsons.

Posted by: warehamite | Oct 12, 2015 20:40

Actually, I don't think this even affects the property owned by Mr. Robertson, which is already developed.

Posted by: Society for Suppression of Noise | Oct 12, 2015 21:18

SOMEbody named Robertson owns a helluva lotta property adjacent to or near the new WalMart.  I suspect that such property will become more valuable should it be rezoned.


But it should.  The area is very commercial/industrial in nature regardless of any outdated scribblings on zoning maps, and it seems to be on a roll.  ANYthing that can be done to encourage further gains in this area (or any other in the town) should be encouraged.  And if somebody profits from such rezoning and/or development, well, good for their grand-daddy who foresaw such a possibility when it was nothing but overgrown woods.


Full disclosure: I am not a Robertson, have no connection to anybody named Robertson except for buying a few parts (both new and used) from a business named Robertson's.  But I drive through this part of Wareham several times a week.

Posted by: Spherebreaker | Oct 13, 2015 06:00

If the property is not developed as commercial it could become a nuclear option low income project. Wareham has enough problems, promote business.

Posted by: Knocked for six | Oct 13, 2015 09:10

Are the commercial tax rates the same as residential? Do we also give tax breaks to them as I believe we did for the hotel? If so, what's the push for commercial development?

Posted by: Andrea Smith | Oct 13, 2015 10:09

What's the potential for restaurants, maybe even fast food, and the possible impact on sewer capacity from the type of development zoning would allow?

Posted by: warehamite | Oct 13, 2015 14:46

If I understand it correctly, it is currently zoned industrial, meaning a whole lot worse could be put in there.  Retail would definitely make sense considering the abutting properties.

Posted by: owen | Oct 13, 2015 15:24

What = worse ?

Posted by: Andrea Smith | Oct 13, 2015 17:03

Generic definitions of Commercial and Industrial Zoning, not specific to Massachusetts or Wareham, but hopefully helpful in considering a somewhat vaguely introduced topic:


Commercial Zoning Commercial zoning usually has several categories and is dependant upon the business use of the property, and often the number of business patrons. Office buildings, shopping centers, nightclubs, hotels, certain warehouses, some apartment complexes -- as well as vacant land that has the potential for development into these types of buildings -- can all be zoned as commercial. Almost any kind of real estate (other than single-family home and single-family lots) can be considered commercial real estate. The availability of parking may affect the type of commercial zoning that is permitted. Additionally, there can be rules regarding the proximity of certain types of businesses to others. Many zoning laws prohibit or restrict adult entertainment establishments to a certain geographical area. Others bar such establishments within a certain distance of existing schools or churches.


 Industrial Zoning Like commercial zoning, industrial zoning can be specific to the type of business. Environmental factors including noise concerns usually are issues in determining into which industrial level a business falls. Manufacturing plants and many storage facilities have industrial zoning. Certain business -- such as airports -- may warrant their own designation. Industrial zoning is often dependent upon the amount of lot coverage (which is the land area covered by all buildings on a lot) and building height. Additionally, set-back requirements are higher for industrial zoned properties -

 See more at: http://realestate.findlaw.com/land-use-laws/types-of-zoning.html#sthash.HQLNDTYo.dpuf

Posted by: Knocked for six | Oct 14, 2015 17:29

Owen ...... It depends on which lobbyist group you belong to in the town.

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