WVN #368: Progress on Town Center application
- Dear Wayland Voter,
The Town Center developer is closer to completing an application for off-site road work.
Another remaining hurdle will be discussed on Wednesday when Twenty Wayland meets with the Historic District Commission. (See alerts below.)
Tuesday Aug. 31, 7:30 p.m. High school building project update at Wayland Middle School Auditorium. Design and construction firm representatives will present information and answer questions. Regular High School Building Committee meeting begins at 7 p.m.
Wednesday Sept. 1, 7:30 p.m., Town Building. The Historic District Commission and the Town Center project developer, with their lawyers, will meet to discuss the Commission's Certificate of Hardship, which led to a lawsuit by Twenty Wayland. There has been little contact between the two since the suit was filed more than a year ago. Twenty Wayland bought a two-page advertisement in the Wayland Town Crier last week to argue its point of view, including reference to a possible settlement offer. For background see:
PROGRESS ON TOWN CENTER APPLICATION
More of the information needed to proceed with the Conservation Commission's consideration of the off-site (road widening) part of the Town center project has been provided by the applicant. But it's still not all there.
Frank Dougherty of Twenty Wayland said at the Aug. 26 public hearing of the Conservation Commission that the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection has begun to look at the Notice of Intent (NOI) submission and the ConCom awaits DEP's comments. A new DEP file number, 322-744, was announced. Required signatures of land owners affected by the proposed road widenings have been submitted. The conservation commission has noted that there is enough money in the escrow account to pay town consultants. Submission documents have been placed on the Conservation Department's page on the town website.
However, exact description of the land involved is still missing and the NOI still has outdated elements as well as new material, so the commission members have great difficulty trying to read it. Another request for a clean, complete copy of the NOI was made at the hearing.
Peter Fletcher, a town consultant for surveying, will be flagging wetlands boundaries and boundaries of the proposed bioretention basin in the "railroad area" near Millbrook Road, upstream of the Public Safety Building. When this is complete, the drawings and measurements of this basin now in the NOI will probably shift. This basin is proposed on town-owned land.
An annual budget of $500 has been suggested by Twenty Wayland to pay for maintaining the developer's stormwater basins and devices to be sited on town land. It is not clear if all affected town departments are aware of these new expenses. ConCom will get an independent evaluation of this cost, which the town must pay, from consultant CMG Environmental. It is unclear at this point what the $500 estimate covers or what the operation and maintenance of these devices consists of.
One of the other proposed bioretention basins is on land owned by Twenty Wayland near the proposed Route 20 entrance across from Russell's Garden Center. This basin deviates from the stormwater handbook recommendations, so there will be further discussion.
Twenty Wayland had noted in its responses that a number of waivers were granted.
Conservation Commissioner Andy Irwin asked that when waivers had conditions these conditions also be listed. In addition, the lots in question need to be identified with page and book numbers.
Conservation commissioners emphasized that the NOI submission, now still unreadable with references to out of date documents, must be cleaned up and they requested again that one full clean paper copy be placed in the Conservation office. The old NOI submission from 2008 must be withdrawn; Dougherty agreed to do that in writing.
The hearing was continued to the next ConCom meeting on Sept. 16. By then more than two months will have passed since Twenty Wayland began submitting material for its new off-site application. With the Commission's administrative review dependent on the completion of the application, a standard applied equally to all applicants, the Town Center hearing is expected to proceed to an evaluation of substance. New commissioner Larry Kiernan was absent for two town center hearing sessions, so he will not be able to vote on the permits.
-- Betty Salzberg
LIBRARY REOPENING CELEBRATION
Return overdue books without a fine, have your portrait sketched, listen to Gypsy jazz and vintage swing and find out more about the renovation of the flood-damaged Wayland Public Library.
That's part of a reopening celebration from 2-5 p.m. on Sunday Sept. 12.
There will also be refreshments, face painting, drawings for books, bookmarks including seed packets for early-arriving children. Librarians will be on hand to answer questions and show stills and slides of the renovation work.
The library was closed from mid-March until Aug. 9 because of flooding of the lower level.
-- WVN Staff
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Michael Short, Editor