WVN Newsletter #179: Destructive start to condo project
- Dear Wayland Voter,
Work on a 48-unit condominium project on Old Sudbury Road
has begun with the illegal destruction of a scenic wooded border
including many mature trees. Though the developer says he is
upset at the mistake, it isn't yet clear what can be done to rectify
the blight, which shocked many Wayland residents.
This could indicate the need for vigilance when the much larger
town center housing/shopping/office complex is built nearby.
Meanwhile, the town center developers have submitted a
concept plan, and an environmental expert predicts years --
perhaps decades -- of cleanup and monitoring at the site. Molly
WAYLAND COMMONS SITE DENUDED
Just when you think nothing is happening in Wayland in the dog
days of summer... a contractor hired by the Wayland Commons
developer is busily clear-cutting on the southern portion of the
40B housing development along Route 27. One old 60-inch elm
remains because residents came to its rescue.
The clear-cutting violated the directives to preserve buffer
screening and the stone wall spelled out in the Zoning Board's
Comprehensive Permit Decision #05-22. The developer, Michael
Intoccia, was well aware of these restrictions and, according to
residents, held a walk on the property pointing out what
vegetation would be preserved.
After the damage was done, Intoccia told the Wayland Town
Crier, "The tree cutter made a mistake." He added, "I want the
units to have privacy... I'm probably more upset than anyone." He
promised to do whatever the town wishes to remedy the
The Screening Plan received by the town Jan. 11, 2006, is clear.
Not only are several existing trees or groups of trees delineated
on the plan, the large notation states: "protect & prune existing
trees over 6" caliper. Selectively clear dead trees, vines, and
brush at the direction of the landscape architect."
The town will be considering a recourse. The Zoning Board
meets Aug. 22 and the building inspector and town counsel will
be back from vacation the last week in August.
In the ZBA permit, section #50 states: "To the extent reasonably
practicable and not unsafe, the Applicant shall retain the existing
stone walls and stone pillars located along or near the boundary
of the Subject Property and the sideline of Old Sudbury Road
(Route 27). At least fourteen (14) days prior to the movement or
removal of any part or all of said wall and/or pillars, the Applicant
shall give the Town's Historic District Commission and Building
Commissioner written notice of its intent to do so and the
reasons that such movement or removal is necessary."
Section #52 states: "The Applicant shall preserve as much of the
existing vegetation as a buffer to Old Sudbury Road (Route 27)
as is practicable, and shall provide screening between the
project roadway and Old Sudbury Road to prevent headlights
shining on Old Sudbury Road (Route 27). The screening shall
be done in a manner that does not compromise intersection
sight distance and substantially in conformance with the
Stone walls were torn out along with trees and bushes.
TOWN CENTER CONCEPT PLAN AVAILABLE
Twenty Wayland LLC filed its concept plan Aug. 1, 2006, starting
the 90-day clock running for Planning Board approval. See:
The Planning Board expects to invite public comment on the
concept plan in September.
The plan shows some areas of the projected municipal building
parking lot in the flood zone B as well as much of the building.
Zone B is defined as a 100- to 500-year flood risk. Another
source for information on Wayland's flood zones is:
Though the concept plan doesn't mention it, the whole property
is in Zone II well head protection district -- a major recharging
area for Wayland's water supply.
The town's licensed site professional, Ben Gould of CMG
Environmental, Inc., predicted lengthy timelines for Raytheon's
complete remediation when he met with selectmen.
In an accompanying letter, Gould states that because of the
probable need for supplemental treatments, the "earliest that
Raytheon would deem the Southern Area sufficiently remediated
is 2008, it is likely that remediation will not be complete until
circa 2013, and there is a small chance that remediation will not
be complete until 2018 or later."
In the northern area, Raytheon expects to begin "nutrient addition
to enhance naturally-occurring bioremediation in 2007." This
remediation process "generally takes decades. The most
optimistic prediction would be successful remediation circa
2017, but a more likely outcome would be circa 2035."
Given the extended timeframes, development activities must
"not destroy (or impede access to) numerous monitoring wells
located in all three Site areas" as well as access to the planned
remediation area in the north.
Hydrology remains an ongoing consideration and Raytheon
"must be a party to discussion of" issues such as onsite
infiltration galleries to handle septic system effluent or storm
water runoff, as well as major changes in impervious cover
(buildings and paving), Gould noted.
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Michael Short, Editor