Friday, October 13, 2006
Hilton CR goes to state
On October 10, the Selectmen voted to accept a conservation restriction (CR) on the Hilton land at 70 Lowell Street (see "Hiltons offer CR" Mosquito, October 6). Dave Kelch of the Conservation Restriction Advisory Committee presented the proposal, noting the restriction would "protect an important piece of the Town Center and guarantee it will stay the way it is." The land includes two buildings and a meadow, and has a maple sugaring operation that can continue.
The Selectmen had several questions about use of the land. It was noted that if a building were lost for some reason, a new one could be erected within the building envelope as long as it were consistent with the look of the Historic District. Chair Doug Stevenson wondered if there were anything in the CR that would preclude the use of the property as affordable assessory apartments. While Kelch was not sure, he guessed there was no limitation, and noted future CRs will be examined with that possible use in mind.
With thanks to Bob and Peggy Hilton, the four Selectmen present unanimously passed a motion to accept the CR. The signed document must now be notarized and submitted to the state for final approval.
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