The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, June 12, 2009

News from surrounding towns

The following news items were extracted from material available on the Internet:

Energy. Groton, Holliston and Hopkinton Town Meetings recently gave approval for the construction of wind turbines, while voters in Harvard and Framingham turned down wind energy proposals. Fifteen towns or cities in the state currently have wind turbines and 36 have laws allowing them. (“Wind picks up speed,” June 7, www.bostonglobe.com)

New asphalt plant. Newport Materials, LLC is seeking permission from the Westford Planning Board to construct an asphalt plant near the border with Chelmsford. The facility would produce 300 – 400 tons of asphalt an hour and would be located next to a granite quarry, with the nearest residences about 1,400 feet away on Groton Road. The asphalt plant would not operate during winter months. The Westford Planning Board has continued the special permit hearing to June 8. (“Asphalt plant eyed for Groton Road/Route 3 area,” May 20, www.wickedlocal.com)

Zoning. The Acton Zoning Board of Appeals denied a plan by Next Generation Children’s Centers to build a 20,000-square-foot day care center near the intersection of Routes 2 and 27 to serve up to 260 children. The ZBA decision would allow a building half the size and although the developers plan to appeal, they also expressed a willingness to consider modifying the plan. State law allows day care and educational facilities to bypass local zoning deemed excessively strict. (“ZBA rejects Next Generation proposal,” June 2, www.wickedlocal.com)

40B. Traffic concerns are being raised as Billerica Zoning Board of Appeals considers Aspen Apartments, a 40B project, on Rangeway Road near the Chelmsford border. The new housing is to include 672 units in 14 buildings on a 55-acre site. Police currently log an average of 60 traffic citations a month in that area and additional traffic lights are being suggested for the intersections of Rangeway and Nashua Roads, Rangeway and Chelmsford Roads, and Treble Cove and Republic Roads. The 40B proposal includes $735,000 toward traffic mitigation. “Board looks to put brakes on Aspen Apartment plan,” May 20, www.wickedlocal.com)

Community fundraiser. Over 700 people participated in a multi-faceted community event in Bedford to raise funds to benefit the American Cancer Society. This is the fourth year Bedford High School has hosted the May event, which included softball, basketball and volleyball competitions, as well as yoga and karate demonstrations and live music. (“Relay for Life of Bedford raises over $93,000,” May 21, www.wickedlocal.com; and “Relay for Life to benefit Cancer Society,” March 17, www.wickedlocal.com) ∆


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