At last night’s meeting, the Open Space Preservation Commission meeting decided to support accepting the Barn Hollow open space parcel at Monday night’s Special Town meeting. This is in lieu of accepting the compromise proposed earlier this week by Selectman John Rooney.
Rooney’s proposal allowed residents of the Barn Hollow neighborhood to continue using the contested property. The town would still receive an open space parcel from developer Kevin Giblin of Brendan Homes. But the parcel would be one to two acres from another site. Since the details need to be worked out, pursuing the compromise requires delaying a vote on the matter to another town meeting.
According to The Metrowest Daily News, OSPC members voiced concern that delaying a decision would lead to indefinitely resolved issues and troubling precedents.
Town Meeting in 2006 indefinitely postponed acceptance of a problematic piece of open land on Killam Farm Lane. Nothing has happened with the land since.
Commissioners on Thursday said they were also worried about the precedent such a deal could set.
“I think there are many other property owners in town who have very similar situations,” said member Freddie Gillespie, reasoning that they would rightly want to expect the same treatment as those on Barn and Nipmuc lanes.
“I don’t think coming up with a fix for one without looking at the whole is the right decision,” she said.
To read MWDN’s full article, click here.
To read past coverage of Barn Hollow open space issues, click here.
What do you think about this dispute?
Do you care enough to go to the Special Town Meeting on Monday night and cast a vote? Would it be for or against accepting the parcel?