As another step in the process of potentially building the Residences at Johnson Farm 40B housing complex on Landham Road, developers have submitted modifications to the original plan that would reduce the total number of units from 120 to 64, subject to approval by several town boards and committees.
As part of a town forum to update the Board and residents on Conservation Commission projects and works at Tuesday’s Board of Selectmen meeting at Sudbury Town Hall, Conservation Coordinator Debbie Dineen told the Board the applicant for the Johnson Farm complex, Robert Moss of Moss Development, submitted to the Zoning Board of Appeals a concept alternative plan that includes modifications to the original plan, most significantly a reduction in the number of units.
Sudbury Planning and Community Development Director Jody Kablack discussed the proposed changes on Wednesday, saying the town has received a draft of the architectural style for one type of building, which shows a reduction in porous pavement and townhouses that are only two stories in height. The updated draft also shows just six units on the Landham Road side.
“We’re passing this through staff and consultants to see if the major issues are mitigated by this plan,” Kablack said. “I think (the plans) have addressed in concept some of the major issues. I think there will be some people who will be happier (with this plan). But if the attitude is the only thing that will make them happy is no units, I think we’ll have to live with it. Going down from 120 units to 64 is a deep decline.”
In the meeting, Dineen said the reduction would not affect the footprint of the complex, adding that the applicant has requested limited project status under Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act regulations.
From a conservation perspective, that designation would allow the project some different standards from those set by the state, a point questioned by Selectman Bob Haarde, who said he felt that other projects are subject to stricter wetlands standards.
“It is true that 40B (projects) have different standards,” said Dineen.
The ZBA will discuss the alternative plan at its next hearing on March 28. According to Kablack, the current deadline to close the hearing is April 5, but could be extended depending on the results of next week’s discussion.
“We have 40 days to render a decision from the close of the public hearing, which is still open,” she said.
Also part of the town forum was a preview of 2012 Town Meeting warrant articles by the Community Preservation Committee (CPC). Presented by CPC Chairman Chris Morely, the articles include a request to purchase a restriction on the 94-acre Pantry Brook Farm located on Concord Road near Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School, a property Morely described as having been on “many (state and local) lists” for preservation. If approved by voters, the restriction would prevent future development of the parcel.
Other CPC proposals discussed include one to purchase and restore property at 15 Hudson Road in Town Center for either historic or open space purposes, with the existing structure anticipated to be torn down and future plans possibly to build a small historic museum on the site; the appropriation of funds to install a fire suppression system at Hosmer House and to preserve historic town records; and funds for an architectural and design study of Town Hall. A full listing of the CPC proposals is available on the town website.
Other Board news
- Following brief remarks by Board Chairman Larry O’Brien, the Board consented to a proclamation designating April 22-28 as Sudbury Earth Week and April 28 Spring Cleanup Day, and urged residents to join a town-wide effort to pick up litter from Sudbury roadsides.
- The Board approved the gift of a flagpole by HOPEsudbury, to be erected at Goodnow Library, in commemoration of the organization’s 10th anniversary. In a letter to the Board, HOPEsudbury said the “gift demonstrates our appreciation of this partnership (with the town) as we continue our joint efforts in support of those less fortunate in the community.”
- Following a March 15 talk with seniors by State Rep. Jay Kaufman, O’Brien updated meeting attendees on the status of the 2011 Special Town Meeting ballot item pertaining to tax relief for seniors, saying some 30 seniors attended and that the bill has moved on to the Senate’s Ways and Means committee, where it will go through the next stages of review.
The Board of Selectmen’s next meeting is scheduled for April 3 in Town Hall.
Sudbury Patch editor Robert Fucci contributed to this story.