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Friday, January 9, 2009

ConsCom shorts, December 18

309 Nowell Farme Road. The Conservation Commission (ConsCom) held a public hearing on a Notice of Intent to remove trees and to pave a driveway within the 100-foot buffer zone of a Bordering Vegetated Wetland. The owner of the property proposes to remove a number of trees which have been damaged by snow plows, harbor carpenter ants or are leaning toward the house. None of the trees in question are within the wetlands, but most are in the buffer zone. ConsCom member Tom Brownrigg noted that removal of the trees would result in increased light and therefore potential overgrowth of buckthorn which exists in the area. Brownrigg suggested that the owner clear the buckthorn. The board granted a standard order of conditions with a requirement that a silt barrier be placed down slope of any stump removal and that a silt barrier also be used during driveway paving if any excavation is involved.

• Cranberry Bog house repair. Warren Lyman of the Carlisle Land Stewards presented information from an earlier meeting with the Long-Term Capital Requirements Committee (LTCRC) where a discussion of plans for repair of the bog house took place. According to Lyman, LTCRC recognizes that maintaining the historic building is an important town obligation and suggested that the land stewards prepare a list detailing the required repairs and noting whether each is a capital improvement or general maintenance. The LTCRC suggested that the land stewards approach the Community Preservation Committee before the January 9 deadline for applications, to determine whether the bog house repair work would be appropriate for CPA funding. The LTCRC also asked that the land stewards keep the Town Administrator and the Board of Selectmen apprised of the plans. Lyman noted that two local contractors have agreed to inspect the property and to provide cost estimates for the repair work.

Valentine Conservation Restriction revision. Robert Tuchmann appeared before the ConsCom representing the Valentine family, who have placed nearly 120 acres of their land under conservation restriction (CR).As part of the planned CR, five small lots were retained as potential housing lots. In addition, reserved-right areas were planned for the associated septic systems. The state rejected the plans noting that the permitting of underground septic systems is not consistent with a CR. As a result, the reserved-right areas have been changed to reserved-conservation areas and are no longer included in the CR area. In a parallel conservation easement, the Carlisle Conservation Foundation will serve as the agent for the ConsCom in administering the CR. The ConsCom unanimously accepted the easement and the changes to the CR. (See article, right.)

Benfield A Land. The ConsCom unanimously agreed that the Benfield A Land should be renamed “The Benfield Conservation Land.”

Camping on conservation land. The land stewards reported that they are in the process of revising camping regulations on town conservation land. New regulations will vary depending on whether or not the size of the group exceeds 15 campers and will take into account setbacks from property lines and trails. A new application procedure will require that campers request the use of a particular conservation property, rather than the current application process which allows the camper to use any conservation land.

Sled dogs. The committee discussed a prior complaint about excessive noise associated with the training of sled dogs on the Foss Farm land. The land stewards noted that the majority of the noise took place when the dogs barked while being harnessed. The staging area was therefore moved to a lower spot on the land which is screened more by trees. Land stewards visited the site during a recent training session and found the noise was not significant near the road.

211 Bellows Hill Road. The owner of the property asked the ConsCom for a site visit to show compliance with an existing order of conditions. The committee discussed a variety of situations which exist at the site. According to committee members, the required replication area was not completed, inappropriate fill including plastic and broken asphalt had been used in certain pasture areas, and a second driveway had been added. The committee agreed that the owner was not in compliance with the order of conditions. ∆

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