Friday, January 19, 2007
Shorts from the Conservation Commission, January 10
• Chestnut Estates on Rutland Street. The ConsCom got its first look at a map delineating the wetlands that will fall under their jurisdiction in the proposed 25-acre Chestnut Estates Conservation Cluster on Rutland Street. An Abbreviated Notice of Resource Area Delineation (ANRAD) was filed by applicant Richard P. Howe, trustee of the John Raymond Brown Trust, and was presented by engineer Maureen Hanley of Norse Environmental Services, backed by Eco Tec consultant Dr. John Rockwood.
The map showed wide areas of red maple swamp, intermittent streams, Isolated Lands Subject to Flooding and three potential vernal pools. There are large areas that are out of ConsCom jurisdiction, but to reach them one must cross jurisdictional land.
Reassured by the declared agreement between the applicant's engineers and Rockwood, the commissioners closed the public hearing. A draft Order of Resource Delineation, together with recommendations from Rockwood, will be presented at the commission's January 25 meeting. Trust engineer Peter Howe also asked for time to discuss overall plans for the development at that time.
• Good news on the budget. Commissioner Tom Schultz reported that the commission's budget had been approved by both the Finance Committee and the Board of Selectmen. He was happy to note that, for the fourth year in a row, the commission's requested budget had come in under the FinCom's guideline.
• 8 Acton Street. Bruce Vienneau received approval for a kitchen-only extension to his antique house on the corner of Westford and Acton Streets. A wetland across the street had already been flagged by engineers for the Wilkins Hill development, and the commissioners made a negative determination, allowing him to proceed with the project without having to provide further documentation.
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