I originally submitted this item as a letter to the editor, but it went by so quickly that I fear few people really got to see it. So I am now reposting with apologies to those who have seen it before.
The October 25, 2012 meeting of the Conservation Commission was ominously disappointing regarding the proposed development of 23 houses on one of the Spence Farm properties on Wyman St.
The Mass DEP made a strong point regarding a hydraulic connection in the drainage system of the field that had not been identified in the developer’s plans. Also that it should be located and identified before the project plans are approved. The commission’s administrator, who is Woburn’s own expert in these matters, agreed. Commissioner Lohnes made a motion to delay approval of the plan until this issue was resolved as recommended by these experts. Not one of the other commissioners voted to approve that motion.
Now, I don’t pretend to know exactly what a hydraulic connection is, but I do know that if the state DEP and our own expert think it is important then it ought to be investigated. Silly me who thought it was the duty of the commission to protect the rights and property of the citizens. Turns out they seem to believe it is their responsibility to protect developers from pesky regulations.
So be it, now we know for sure. If you have a bit of wetland around your house take a picture of it ‘cause it won’t be around for long. Better yet, call or Email the mayor and your alderman and ask them if they agree with this decision.