Friday, June 11, 2004
Atkins hears ConsCom issues
A group of early risers gathers monthly at Town Hall for the Conservation Commission breakfast, an informal discussion of conservation issues over coffee. A frequent participant is State Representative Cory Atkins (D-Concord), who brings perspectives from Beacon Hill.
At the breakfast meeting on Tuesday, participants asked Atkins to track a number of locally important issues, including the controversial parking fees at Great Brook Farm State Park that are being blamed for low attendance at the park and ice cream stand. ConsCom Administrator Sylvia Willard also asked Atkins to check on the status of an initiative petition to place a conservation restriction on the Estabrook Woods buffer lands. Atkins promised to report back.
A number of amendments to the 40B law, which permits developers to build high density housing in towns which do not meet the 10% affordable housing requirement, are before the legislature. Atkins said that she is planning a joint Concord-Carlisle informational session in the near future on possible changes to 40B.
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