Rockland Rd. proposed for Scenic Road designation (again)
Marjorie Findlay and Geoff Freeman, Rockland Road residents, asked that the Planning Board submit their road for Scenic Road designation at the next Annual Town Meeting.
In March 2017 Eric Oches, acting as spokesman for several other Rockland Road residents, made the same request that their dead-end road be designated as a Scenic Road. At that time the board unanimously approved the request. And then nothing happened. As Town Administrator Tim Goddard later observed “it slipped through the cracks” and never made it onto the Warrant.
On January 14 board member Jonathan Stevens said, “I remember the good presentation last year.” Evidently several other members had similar recall because with no further discussion the vote was again unanimous.
Scenic Road in General Bylaws Section 12
If approved by Town Meeting, Rockland Road will become the 21st Scenic Road in Carlisle. A requirement for such designation is that such road is bordered by natural or man-made features of aesthetic, conservation or historic value, the alteration of which would lessen the value of those features. A consequence is that “no repair, maintenance, reconstruction or paving work shall involve the cutting or removal of trees or the tearing down or destruction of stone walls without prior written consent of the Planning Board following notice and a hearing.” ∆