Tomorrow night’s joint meeting between the Board of Selectmen, the Advisory Committee, and the Planning Board contains an agenda item to discuss Open Space Management and Barn Hollow.
The Metrowest Daily News ran an in-depth article about the issue behind the item.
It appears that lack of process has allowed spaces originally set aside for the town’s Open Space to fall through the cracks. Residents sometimes abuse the space or unknowingly encroach upon it.
The land parcel designated as Open Space as part of the town’s deal for the Killam Farm Lane development was never voted into acceptance at a Town Meeting. Before the vote, a town commission discovered “rusted-out 50-gallon drums, old car parts, building debris, gas cans, tires and other junk” littering the area near the wetlands. That situation that still exists seven years later.
“Open space always seems to fall through the cracks,” said Meme Luttrell, chairwoman of the Open Space Preservation Commission. “(Promises) aren’t followed up on, because we have no process.”
The commission has been pushing for the town to create a process for years, and it was the commission that told the Planning Board in 2006 about problems with the Killam Farm site.
Now Barn Hollow’s open space allotment is under review after the Open Space Preservation Commission discovered that at least eight home owners are encroaching on the seven acre plot. Encroachments include fences and swingsets. MWDN reports:
“Eight homeowners at the upscale neighborhood received letters in April from the developer, Brendon Homes, informing them they would need to correct the encroachments.”
The report went on to explain that lack of process results in extra expenses to the town.
Read MWDN’s full article by clicking here.
If this is an issue you care about, you may want to show up to Tuesday’s Advisory Committee meeting. Their 6:45 pm meeting in the front hall of the Town House at 6:45 pm includes discussing their position on this issue. At 7:00 pm they will join the Board of Selectmen to discuss the item further with Selectmen and the Planning Board. Click here for the agenda.