The Mashpee planning board will discuss a solar energy systems zoning proposal and a notice of intent for a development agreement from the Mashpee Commons at their Wednesday, January 15, meeting.

The chairwoman of the planning board, Mary Waygan, alerted selectmen on Monday, January 6, to the planning board’s intent to submit a series of articles regarding solar panel zoning bylaws to the May Town Meeting warrant.

“I don't know what economic trigger has happened but the town is being approached by people who want to install panels in their backyard and also on a larger scale,” Ms. Waygan told the selectmen.

The planning board plans to recommend bylaws that would set standards for both industrial size solar panel operations and residents wishing to install panels in their backyard, she said.

The agenda for the Wednesday meeting also includes a notice of intent from Mashpee Commons for a development agreement.

The Commons, a mixed-use development off routes 28 and 151, hopes to construct residential and mixed-use buildings as far as beyond the Mashpee rotary and past Job’s Fishing Road. In July, the town agreed to enter joint negotiations with the Commons and the Cape Cod Commission.

Filing for a development agreement with the commission would be the next step in the process for the Commons.

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