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Wellesley College "North 40" Parcel
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Upcoming Meeting Dates:
September 23 at 8:30 am
September 29th, Pulic Forum, 7:00 pm Great Hall
September 30th, 8:30 am
October 6th, 8:30 am
Don McCauley, Chair
Board of Selectmen
Deborah Carpentar, Vice Chair
Planning Board
Patti Quigley
School Commmittee
Allan Port
Community Preservation Committee
Owen Dugan
Board of Public Works
Jim Conlin
Recreation Commission
Robert Kenney
Wellesley Housing Development Corporation
Heidi Gross
Natural Resources Commission
Thomas Fitzgibbons
Weston Road Neighborhood Representative
Maria Vijil-Davis/Elisa Romano
Woodland Neighborhod Representative
Wellesley College officials recently informed the Board of Selectmen, College alumnae and neighbors that they have filed a petition with the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court seeking to remove the deed restrictions that currently preclude the sale of the large, undeveloped parcel of land bounded by Route 135, Weston Road and Turner Road.  This property, totaling approximately 46 acres, is commonly referred to as the “North 40”.  Clearly, the potential sale and development of this land has significant implications to our community with regards to traffic, infrastructure and municipal services.  Accordingly, the Selectmen have begun efforts to analyze the possible uses of this land, and consider whether the Town might be interested in acquiring the property or some portion thereof to address a number of outstanding municipal needs.  Toward this end, we have asked the Planning Board and School Committee for their initial thoughts regarding the future use of the property.  We are also forming a Committee to undertake a more comprehensive visioning effort.  This Committee will include representatives from a number of Town boards and neighborhood representation, and the work of the Committee will involve multiple opportunities for public input.  Further details regarding the makeup of the Committee and the Committee’s work plan will be provided shortly.

In evaluating the impact of the potential sale of this property, it is important to understand the zoning and permitting requirements that will control any future development.  The property is zoned Single Residence with a minimum 15,000 square foot lot size, which would allow the construction of a large number of one-family dwellings, by right.  This zoning would also allow educational, religious and municipal uses.  Of particular interest is the likely applicability of the new Natural Resource Protection (NRP) Development bylaw, approved at the 2013 Annual Town Meeting.  This bylaw applies to developments that would yield 5 or more residential lots, allowing lot sizes and dimensional requirements to be reduced (to a minimum of 7,500 square feet in the SRD15) without increasing density, and requiring a minimum of 50% of the site be preserved as open space.

The Selectmen remain committed to evaluating our needs and resources as we analyze this opportunity and balance the interests of the College and their rights as a property owner, with those of the neighborhood and broader community.  We look forward to working with all interested parties on this important initiative.

Terri Tsagaris, Chair
Board of Selectmen
April 30, 2014

Neighborhood Workshop Meeting, September 7th at 7:00 pm at the High School Cafeteria
Town-wide Workshop September 14th. First Session 2:00 pm -4:00 pm or 7:00 pm - 9:00 Pm at the High School Cafeteria

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Wellesley Town Hall  525 Washington St., Wellesley, MA 02482
Phone: (781) 431-1019
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