Planning Board met with EMC and decided … what?

On Monday night the Planning Board met with EMC officials to discuss 16 conditions attached to EMC’s proposed 445-acre development on the Southborough-Westborough line. This is the latest in a series of discussions about the project.

In August, Southborough rejected the project because they didn’t have time to review last-minute details provided by EMC. EMC appealed the decision and both sides were orded back to the table. Hence Monday night’s meeting.

The MetroWest Daily News provides some details about the conditions discussed, but doesn’t tell us the eventual outcome since it happened after they went to press. Here’s what we know:

  1. Southborough convinced EMC to extend the town’s option to purchase a 45-acre parcel designated as open space from 4 years to 7 years, arguing that current economic conditions would make it difficult to purchase the land within 4 years. Even if Southborough doesn’t purchase the parcel, it will remain permanent open space.
  2. EMC agreed they would not strip soil from the site or use any areas in Southborough to store materials during the construction.
  3. The Board also discussed conditions related to traffic mitigation and design options for roads connecting to Rte. 9.

Anyone know what the Planning Board decided? Add it to the comments below or send me email at mysouthborough[AT]gmail[DOT]com.

Update: The EMC plan was approved. More here.

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