Tonight, the Planning Board’s agenda includes discussion of a letter about unresolved open space issues at Killam Farms and Pine Hill.
The letter from the Open Space Preservation Commission was originally submitted to selectmen. It requested help to resolve issues “that have been a long time in limbo.” The issues include an unfulfilled promise made to Town Meeting voters 9 1/2 years ago.
Lack of process to resolve open space issues has long been a complaint of the OSPC. In August 2013, the commission cited Killam Farms as an example when they publicly addressed the problem.
Complaining about lack of response from the Planning Board, the OSPC letter reached out to the BOS for help:
The OSPC has made numerous attempts to follow up on these items through the Planning Department and has gotten nowhere so is now asking the Board of Selectmen’s assistance on bringing these items to a resolution
The letter details the history of their efforts stretching back almost 10 years.
As of July, OSPC said the open space parcel was “shown as Town owned on the assessor’s maps although it was never accepted by Town Meeting.”
The space was first slated for acceptance in 2001 but fell through the cracks.
In 2007, OSPC reported to the Planning Board on “old oil drums, tires, possible wetland filling” they found while walking the site.
A joint meeting was recommended between the boards and developer. Seven years later, this still hasn’t occurred.
OSPC claims to have “followed up several times with the Town Planner and was told Town Counsel was looking into what could be legally required of the developer.”
Pine Hill Conservation Restriction
Before accepting this parcel at the 2005 Town Meeting, voters were told that a Conservation Restriction (CR) would be placed on it.
Since 2005, the OSPC has made inquiries to the Planning Board as to the Status of the CR. A couple of draft CR’s were forwarded to the OPSC for comment the last being in August of 2007. . .
To date no CR has been placed on the property, although the OSPC has attempted to follow up on the issue numerous times.