Planning Board sets deadline for action

Planning Board sets deadline for action

There are 8 comments on the Nashoba Publishing story from Oct 29, 2010, titled Planning Board sets deadline for action. In it, Nashoba Publishing reports that:

A 14-home subdivision plan called Emily's Way that raised the ire of neighbors has been retooled down to eight single-family homes.

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Puppet Master

Burlington, MA

#1 Nov 2, 2010
Chairwoman Gibbons is nothing more than a puppet for "Vice Chair" Garber and his twin Patrick Hughes. The plan was brought to the planning board originally in May. She and Mr. Garber wanted the plan to have more than one point of access, the developer complied and changed his plan to a connection with a gate at the top of the hill. The DEVELOPER was then criticized by the public for the gate concept and plan redesign because he changed the lot subdivision and increased it to 14 houses. With the plan the developer requested three minor waivers from the town bylaws, two of which are actually customary requests by the board. The developer gets hammered for "not complying" (when in fact it does if the waiver requests are approved). Screams from Hughes, Nehring and others whip everyone into a frenzy. The developer comes back with a plan which reduces the plan to eight houses, removes the gate, pays for peer review and geo-technical work which isn't required, and comes back with essentially the original plan fully vetted and Jenny needs to restart the clock. Not to mention she can't actually run the meeting and turns the hearing over to Gerber Baby. Clearly she's over her head. Like when she didn't follow through on the planning boards changes in 2001. That's right everyone SHE was their administrative assistant at the time. Talk about egg on your fact. The other three individuals on the board seem reasonable and intelligent enough. What I don't understand is why they don't just force the issue. Roberts Rules. Make a motion, get it seconded and force the vote. I don't think Jenny is a complete fool as to think she alone can hold up this developer for her own amusement. She looks like a fool
Frankly

Lowell, MA

#2 Nov 15, 2010
Interesting comments, I would have to agree that there is a lot of information that is not presented clearly. Bad place for a development because of the water issues the residents have in the area. That said if you meet all the requirements and meet the specifications the engineer designs in the developer should get his houses. The fact that an ex-planning board member is using his house lot as a way to access the property causes alot of the anger. This same ex-member stated many times over the years that they would develop this area over his dead body doesn't help. The fact that this ex-member is a real estate broker involved in the development doesn't help. The fact that this ex-member has done this type of back door manipulation while on the board doesn't help. The fact that this ex-member and others serving at the same time have opened the town up to 3 new law suits now being discussed doesn't help. What doesn't help, the fact that this ex-member is more of the problem than then the actual development its' self.
Bull

Framingham, MA

#3 Nov 16, 2010
By the way it isn't only the ex-member that has offered their property to the developer. Remove your bias from the ex-member from the discussion and decide the future of the plan on its merits. By the way, it is only a matter of time for the development of this property. Beware of what you wish for because the next developer's plan may not be as good as this one is. IMHO having only eight houses is as good as it will ever get.
Frankly

Lowell, MA

#4 Nov 16, 2010
I would agree, this property will be developed and now is as good a time as any. The engineer is one of the better ones, the Planning Board needs to do their due diligance and monitor the project. It probably doesn't get much better and definitely could be worst. IMHO a large part of the unease comes from the ex-member and the actions this person took while on the board. There are water issues if the developer meets the requirements the neighbors problems should not get any worst. What they want to hear is that their problems will get better and I am not convinced that that is possible.
Puppet Master

Holden, MA

#5 Nov 16, 2010
Frankly,

With all due respect to anyone else that may experience water problems, I don't think any of them would say the've personally suffered more than the ex-member you rail against. It smells personal with you. I'd like to think not. I think the town should have resolved the issue on GH Road along time ago. For years the only thing they did was perhaps clean the catch basin.
Bull

Framingham, MA

#6 Nov 17, 2010
Understand, this area on Groton Harvard Rd has had water issues for a long time, even before the building of the 'new' houses up the road from the ex-member. Nobody, including the town, complained when they were built. Now those houses pipe their water onto the sidewalk and more importantly onto the road which in the winter creates a dangerous condition. The ex-member's house is the low point of the area thus I suggest the developer's engineering plan provides an opportunity to reduce or maybe even resolve the problem. Include in the plan that the number of houses is reduced from 14 to and I say this is a gift! Compare this to the modus operandi of the town which has been to do nothing. I can't understand why Ayer doesn't understand that, except that at least one of the objectors to the plan thinks he is God's gift to Ayer but in reality has done so much damage.
Bull

Framingham, MA

#7 Nov 17, 2010
Darn, posted the wrong response. Understand, this area on Groton Harvard Rd has had water issues for a long time, even before the building of the many 'new' houses up the road from the ex-member. Nobody complained when they were built. Now those houses pipe their water onto the sidewalk and more importantly onto the road which in the winter creates a dangerous condition. The ex-member's house is the low point of the area thus I suggest the developer's engineering plan provides an opportunity to reduce or maybe even resolve the problem. Included in the plan is a reduction from 14 to 8 houses. I say this lastest planis a gift! Compare this to the modus operandi of the town which has been to do nothing. Except that at least one of the objectors to the plan thinks he is God's gift to Ayer but in reality has done so much damage.
Patrick Hughes

Burlington, MA

#8 Nov 19, 2010
Bravo Bull, Bravo

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