On November 14th, there will be a try again to change the zoning for two properties on Storey Avenue (next to the Gas Station by Low Street) from residential to commercial. The first attempt failed back in 1999. The second attempt was in 2006.
NOW THEY HAVE DECIDED TO SWEETEN THE POT!
Both previous attempts were defeated because of traffic concerns – and those same horrific conditions exist today. But now they have decided to make it more attractive to the City by giving over land that is directly behind and which extends for quite a distance. This land has three features of note. One, it is prime agricultural land. Two, a capped city well lies within this property and Three, the best parts of the Woodman Farm Nature Trail lie within its boundaries.
These are all nice but why should the City care? Because this land is part of the fish bowl responsible for terrible flooding downstream on the Little River. A stream by the way that flows directly into our industrial park and the residential area of Quail Run. When we have had heavy rains, damages have been considerable. Now picture MORE of this upper area covered with buildings and parking lots and you can see the Lord Timothy Dexter Industrial Park and the residential neighborhoods are doomed!
BY GUARANTEEING THIS AREA LEFT OPEN, THE CITY WILL PRESERVE AGRICULTURAL LAND, LEAVE MARSHES OPEN TO ABSORB THE FLOOD WATERS AND PREVENT MORE DAMAGE FROM OCCURRING DOWNSTREAM.
This time, the developers think they will get approved. Traffic will be directed toward Low Street, the City gets control over wetlands, and the owner and ‘The Plains’ gets a CVS.
THIS LAND WILL BE A POSITIVE FOR THE CITY AND WE WON’T EVEN HAVE TO USE OUR OPEN SPACE FUND IN CPA.
But because there is a wonderful nature trail behind this area, the arable land aught to be used by some of our local farms and the developer should provide parking, a kiosk and money to improve the trail.(Little in the scope of cost I might add.)
Everyone will benefit. But on November 14th, we aught to see that this land granting and trail concessions are included as a trade for re-zoning.
PS. I wanted to consider another post to STOP the sidewalk wastage but Nov 14th is an important night with seven (7) proposed ordinances and coming up fast – Big Money will be whispering in the councilors’ ears and the Dark Side ditto – more concerned citizens need to be present to counterbalance these negative influences.