5Wayland Voters Network newsletter #5 April 20, 2004
- Apr 20, 2004WAYLAND VOTERS NETWORK
April 20, 2004
Dear Wayland Voter,
This fifth edition of the Wayland Voters Network newsletter contains
information related to the upcoming Town election (Tuesday, April 27)
and Town Meeting (begins Thursday, April 29). If you are new to the
network, thank you for subscribing. Please tell your neighbors and
friends about us, and encourage anyone who would like to sign up to
email us at: waylandvoters2@....
This week we are publishing statements by candidates in the five
contested races, beginning today with statements by the two
candidates for a 5-year term on the Planning Board, Joyce Lauer and
Christopher Seveney. Several important announcements follow the
candidates' statements, so please read on.
Candidates were asked to identify the top two priorities facing the
Planning Board, and to state their position on each or how they would
approach each if elected.
PLANNING BOARD (5-YR) CANDIDATES' STATEMENTS:
JOYCE E. LAUER, 75 Moore Rd.
The Planning Board faces several challenges in coming years.
1) One priority is to modify certain sections of the zoning
regulations. For example, use of sites that are only marginally
suitable for development has become more common in recent years,
because the best parcels are already developed, and problems at these
marginal sites require additional regulation.
2) Transformation of the Route 20 commercial and historic area into a
true "town center" is another priority. It is important to remember
that the Town owns little land in the town center, and thus the
Town's role is mainly advisory. Communication and cooperation with
business owners, particularly the owner of the former Raytheon
property, is essential to town center efforts. The Planning Board
can facilitate desired town center goals by changing zoning
regulations as appropriate.
3) Preservation of open space is an important responsibility of the
Planning Board. Large parcels of open space include Mainstone Farm
(212 acres near Old Connecticut Path), parcels on Lincoln Road, and
the two golf courses. The Master Plan suggests issuing a bond
secured by some fraction of future Community Preservation Act
revenues in order to pay for major land purchases. Alternatively,
Conservation Cluster development is a means of preserving some open
space while allowing clustered house construction in one portion of a
4) Another priority is to encourage the Selectmen and Finance
Committee to engage in long-range planning and prioritization for
capital expenditures, which include both buildings and land. Only by
insisting upon frugality in every project will we be able to fund all
of our needs, including purchase of land for open space.
5) A final challenge is to improve communication with the public, so
that residents understand the importance of goals 1 - 4 and support
these goals at town meeting.
CHRISTOPHER W. SEVENEY, 8 Castle Rd.
The top two priorities facing the planning board are management of
new developments and enhancement of the Town Center.
New developments will be more complex due to construction on sloping
terrain and proximity to adjacent structures, wetlands and
ecosystems. The planning board will evaluate any effects on these
complexities and the aesthetic effects on the neighborhood to
preserve its character.
The planning board will also play a role in enhancement of the town
center. This may consist of changes in zoning regulations to meet the
needs of the community, including working with private developers on
affordable housing that still meets the towns aesthetic and
environmental concerns. An example of this is the old Raytheon
building, which if redeveloped, could complement the town center.
After obtaining a Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering, I have
spent the past seven years working in construction management on
public and privately owned developments as well as renovation of
historic buildings. During this time, I had to comprehend the site
plan and permitting approval processes and work as a liaison between
project proponents and neighborhood groups to address their concerns.
My experience has allowed me to understand the effects of
construction on neighborhood communities, traffic, and the
environment, including environmental concerns due to poor storm water
systems. I have worked on historic mixed-use facilities to promote
area growth, which is consistent with transformation of the town
Based on my experiences, I would be a complement to the planning
board. My role as a member would include providing insight and
assisting the other members in evaluating effects on the environment
and preserving town character and open space while promoting
affordable housing within new developments and the town center.
I look forward to being a member of the planning board as I ask for
ABSENTEE BALLOTS: If you are unable to vote on election day because
you will be out of town, or because of a physical disability or
religious belief, you can vote by absentee ballot. First, you have
to complete an application for absentee ballot. You can get one at
the Town Clerk's office, or online at www.state.ma.us/sec and click
on Elections Division/How to Apply for an Absentee Ballot.
Applications for absentee ballots must be received in the Town
Clerk's office by noon on the day before the election (Monday, April
26). Ballots themselves must be received in the Town Clerk's office
by the close of polls on election day (Tuesday, April 27, 8pm). If
you are applying for yourself and return the application to the Town
Clerk's office in person, you can be given a ballot and vote right
then and there. If you are a family member of a person qualified to
vote by absentee ballot, you may apply on behalf of that person, and
you may return the absentee voter's ballot to the Town Clerk. But
the ballot itself will most likely have to be mailed to the absentee
voter. So if you are helping someone else vote by absentee ballot,
you need to apply immediately on behalf of that person. Finally,
anyone who has applied to vote by absentee ballot may vote in person
at the Town Clerk's office at a time arranged, rather than having the
ballot mailed to you. More information and a sample ballot are
available at www.wayland.ma.us/clerk/elections.htm.
TOWN ADMINISTRATOR PUBLIC HEARING: The Board of Selectman is holding
a public hearing on a proposed bylaw to establish the position of
Town Administrator, today Tuesday, April 20, 8pm, Town Building. The
proposed bylaw can be found in the Town Meeting Warrant recently
mailed to all households. It's Article 11, Create Town Administrator
Position, pgs. 41-49.
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