Some quick headlines following Town Meeting this week:
1) First Light Festival is tonight! 5-8 pm www.firstlightbrookline.com
2) Business & commercial property recycling required, starting November of NEXT year (2015)
3) Registered Marijuana Dispensary resuming permitting @ 160 Washington Street (previous Brookline Bank Building in Brookline Village)
1) First Light Festival - A great community event in our commercial areas, and a great way to kick off the holiday shopping season. Please help each other and use social media with last minute reminders of tonight's event! www.firstlightbrookline.com Many business groups are also working hard to get everyone to light up their windows and facades now through the end of the year.
2) Recycling -
Town Meeting this week voted to expand the local recycling law from only residential properties to now include commercial properties. This will not go into effect until November 2015, and there will be provisions for temporary waivers. More information to come early next year, including workshops with businesses to figure out together how best to roll out this program. If you just can't wait, pencil in Feb. 3rd, 9-11 am, Newbury College. Department of Public Works staff will be available to discuss this along with other Brookline businesses sharing sustainable business strategies with each other. This will be part of the annual Brookline Climate Week.
3) Registered Marijuana Dispensaries (RMDs) - You probably read a lot of headlines in the papers regarding November Town Meeting and RMDs. Town Meeting ended up not changing anything regarding RMDs. RMDs are still permitted by special permit, with a license from the Board of Selectmen, in General Business Districts, at least 500' from any K-12 school, and not within the same building as a daycare center. New England Treatment Access (NETA) is resuming their special permit process at a Planning Board hearing in January - please look out for Planning Board public meetings on the Town's calendar at www.brooklinema.gov
Please email me at [email protected] with other items you think would be helpful for all of our Brookline businesses to hear about in future postings. Or, feel free to call us : Kara Brewton at 617-730-2468 or Andy Martineau at 617-730-2050.
Best wishes during this busy season -
Economic Development Director
Town of Brookline