Fall River Planning Board Approves Road Expansion and Land Swap

During the recent Fall River Planning Board meeting, decisions were made regarding the extension of Ledge Street and a minor land swap on Innovation Way. The board approved a motion for road reconstruction accommodating two new homes and endorsed a plan for a property land swap aimed at increasing conservation land. These actions reflect the board’s ongoing efforts to manage city development and infrastructure improvements.

The meeting’s most pressing topic was the road reconstruction of Ledge Street sections 66 through 185. The applicant sought permission to extend the road to allow for the construction of two new homes, requesting waivers from standard roadway construction requirements such as pavement width, sidewalks, and curbing. The city engineer emphasized that the approval was strictly for the road work, not the construction of the homes themselves, and that the ledge removal process would comply with building and fire department regulations. An attendee raised concerns about the ledge removal, but no other objections were noted during the public comments.

Subsequently, the board tackled a form A application for a plan concerning a property on Innovation Way. The applicant detailed a minor land swap that would not create new lots but instead expand land allocated for conservation restrictions. The board reviewed the plan and, after a minor correction to the property deed, approved the application.

Another form A application involved the subdivision of a property with two multifamily dwellings. The board recognized the need for building setbacks on the plan, a complex issue, and approved the application contingent on the receipt of an updated plan reflecting these setbacks.


The meeting concluded with the board deciding to table the approval of the minutes from the previous meeting to allow for additional review, due to concerns about their accuracy.

Note: This meeting summary was generated by AI, which can occasionally misspell names, misattribute actions, and state inaccuracies. This summary is intended to be a starting point and you should review the meeting record linked above before acting on anything you read. If we got something wrong, let us know. We’re working every day to improve our process in pursuit of universal local government transparency.

Paul Coogan
Planning Board Officials:
John Ferreira, Gloria Pacheco, Beth Andre, Mario Lucciola, Michael Farias

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