Mr O’Brien talks about using Chapter 61A (where Sudbury taxpayers pay the property tax on a farm until the estate is transferred in return for the town to have right of first refusal on the property) to preserve open space but when we had the chance to do that to prevent the Landham Crossing 40B at the intersection of Landham Road and Route 20, Mr O’Brien and Mr. Drobinski voted 2-1 against Mr. Haarde and forfeited the right of first refusal on this property for which Sudbury taxpayers had paid decades of property taxes.
Instead of buying this land and leasing it to Buddy Dog and letting Bosse expand or many other options which could have been pursued, Mr. O’Brien and Mr. Drobinski allowed a 40B builder to buy it resulting in 31 housing units and only 8 of them affordable (subsidized by CPA tax dollars).
Developments like these are not in the best interest of Sudbury. They add housing and children to the schools but barely move the 40B needle toward 10 percent because the denominator grows by much more than the numerator. These Sudbury 40B deals are great for builders - they are not homes for poor people - they are high-end brand-new homes and builders make significant profit on them but do very little toward getting us to 10 percent.
They barely help moderate income people. Poor people do not qualify. It is a builders' dream. It is a strategy to overdevelop the entire town while never reaching 10 percent. So not only did our current BOS and planners give us the predatory Johnson Farm 40B on environmentally sensitive land, it also gave us the Landham Crossing 40B where the land was perfectly suitable, and desirable, for much needed commercial development. Sudbury, we can do better.
Dan De Pompei
Candidate for Selectman