What Should Chelmsford Do When Impacted By Its Neighbors?

It's said that good fences make good neighbors, but when a fence isn't available, what's the next best option?

On Monday night, the Lowell Zoning Board of Adjustments approved a methadone clinic right on the border of Chelmsford, reversing an earlier decision. But that's not the only big project coming up on Chelmsford's borders.

A new 40B Affordable Housing Complex is currently under construction in Westford on Littleton Road, just a few feet from the Chelmsford border, and another one was recently approved in Billerica, just a few hundred feet away from another proposed complex that will go back before the Chelmsford ZBA on Thursday.

The Chelmsford Board of Selectmen have said they will pursue legal avenues for situations like these, but it's unclear as of yet what those may be, and today we want to ask you for your thoughts.

Are there legal loopholes currently on the books that don't directly involve zoning?

Or, should the town pursue new legislation from its delegation on Beacon Hill that gives it more power with abutting properties?

What about more regional efforts through the Northern Middlesex Council of Governments?

Or, are all of these things not as big a deal as they might seem, and for that matter, is Chelmsford being a good neighbor to other towns?

Let us know your thoughts in the comments. 
Tara Dactyl January 15, 2014 at 09:00 AM
Celebrate diversity! Who are we to judge the lifestyle of others?
Prometheus January 15, 2014 at 09:05 AM
You should be happy to provide easy, close access to your town, businesses, homes, families by the less fortunate.
John Doe January 15, 2014 at 10:00 AM
These complexes are in Westford and Billerica, and the BOS says they will look into "legal avenues"??? Thats hilarious, because they never look into "legal avenues" when the projects are built in town. Just more BS from a useless BOS.
Jim Stratton January 15, 2014 at 06:15 PM
We should build casinos on the borders with Lowell, Billerica, and Westford.
Prometheus January 16, 2014 at 07:27 AM
Don't even bother trying a casino.....how many millions have we already spent to get nothing but more corrupt people in positions of power? NH will have it built and operating sooner and cheaper...and we have nothing but the bills....and higher taxes.


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