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January 24, 2013

Town Yard zoning vision near complete

Public hearings scheduled for February

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“The parking, the loading, the traffic, the pedestrian circulation, the egress points, the circulation outside of the property as well as the interior to the property, are all addressed in the plan,” Buckland said.

The proposal will also set the minimum size of a development. Discussion of the size started last Monday at two acres, meaning anything under that wouldn’t be eligible for a permit. Officials expressed interest in reducing that requirement, however.

“There are a million different ways you can break (the land) up,” said Lelani Loder, member of the Planning Board. “If the town elected to sell just an acre of the three total to some of the abutters and a developer was to approach... I mean, there are just a ton of different scenarios you can create.”

THE TIME FOR INPUT IS COMING

The two boards have also established two dates for public hearings on the proposal, marking the first time the Board of Selectmen will allow members of the public to speak on the project since they took over the discussions.

To this point, work on the Town Yard has been conducted within a workshop environment, which the board established since day one would not permit public feedback despite being in an open meeting format.

Those ground rules have frequently faced opposition from Cyr Circle resident Mary Carbone, who restated her opposition to them Monday night.

“We’ve been having work sessions for quite some time,” Selectmen Chairman Paul Salafia said. “I’ve been promising that we’d have some public meetings.”

The two boards will meet at Memorial Hall Library on Thursday, Feb. 7 and Thursday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. specifically to hear public feedback on the plans. A third meeting of Monday, Feb. 25 has also been established if necessary.

For feedback on this story or story-related inquiries, email dluca@andovertownsman.com.

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