Town Meeting to Consider Scenic Road Bylaw
This week's Town Meeting article of the week.
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Article 30: To see if the town will adopt a scenic roads bylaw to protect the scenic quality and character of certain public ways in the town by regulating the cutting or removal of trees, the tearing down or destruction of stone walls and the construction of any new driveway or private way or the alteration of any existing driveway or private way.
Criteria for Designation as a Scenic Road: The Planning Board, Conservation Commission, or Historical Commission shall, in determining which roads or portions of roads should be recommended as scenic roads, consider the following criteria:
a. Roads bordered by trees of exceptional quality; b. Roads bordered by stone walls; c. Roads bordered by any other natural or man-made features of aesthetic or historical value; d. Roads for which alteration is being planned or is likely to be planned in the future.
Seeking changes: Any person, organization, state, or municipal agency seeking the written consent of the Planning Board regarding the cutting or removal of trees, the tearing down or destruction of stone walls and the construction of any new driveway or private way or the alteration of any existing driveway or private way in so far as such alteration takes place within the right-of-way when such work involves the cutting down of trees or the destruction of stone walls, or portions thereof, shall file a written request with the Planning Board. It shall inlude text of a legal notice identifying the location of the proposed action, a statement of the purpose(s) for such changes, a list of owners of properties, a fee, as established by the Planning Board, and any further explanatory material useful to adequately inform the Planning Board.
The board will hold a public hearing on the issue and make a decision on the request within twenty-one (21) days of the closing of the public hearing.
Background: Last summer, residents raised questions when two scenic roads in town - Robin Hill Road and High Street- were striped.
Approved Scenic Roads:
The following list of roads have been designated as scenic roads pursuant to M.G.L. Chapter 40 Section 15C:
Byam Road from Robin Hill Road to Acton Road
Garrison Road from Littleton Road to Hunt Road
Crooked Spring Road from School Street to Meadowbrook Road
Worthen Street in its entirety
Crosby Lane in its entirety
High Street from Acton Road to Locust Road
Parker Road from Concord Road to Acton Road
Robin Hill Road in its entirety
Mill Road from Boston Road to the former Old Billerica Road * entire length of Mill Road
Town Meeting is April 30, 2012 at the Senior Center.