Great Road Business District and Pine Hill Crossing Zoning Proposals ~ Important Public Hearing ~ Tuesday, January 23

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

The Planning Board will host a pair of important public hearings on Tuesday, January 23.

At 7:30 pm, the board will present concepts for the four business zones they have defined along The Great Road and hear public comment on related adjustments to the zoning map. Then at 8:45 pm they will discuss changes to the Pine Hill Crossing zoning article to be considered at Annual Town Meeting in March.

Planning Board Re-Writes Proposed Zoning Bylaw; Public Hearing on Section 21 Set for January 23

By Dot Bergin

At its January 16 meeting, the Planning Board reviewed line by line Section 21 of the proposed Zoning Bylaws-Military Housing Reuse Overlay District- which went down to defeat at the November Special Town Meeting. The Board agreed unanimously to make the bylaw “site-specific,” applicable only to the former Coast Guard property now known as Pine Hill Crossing Condominiums. References to the Military Overlay District will be removed from the article and it will be re-titled before presentation at the March Annual Town Meeting.

Housing Trust Holds Open Forum on Pine Hill Crossing Condominiums; Developer Confirms Two Units are Rented

By Dot Bergin

Bedford residents had a chance to weigh in on the Pine Hill Crossing Condominiums at the Municipal Affordable Housing Trust public hearing on January 10, although only a modest number turned out for the meeting. After the presentations by the Trust, Planning Board, and the developer, the meeting opened for public comment, with several residents questioning the developer on pricing, accessibility of the units, and related issues such as parking.

Fran DeCoste, project manager for developer TR Advisors, told The Citizen that two of the renovated units have now been rented and occupants will be moving in within a few days. He anticipates further rentals soon. DeCoste said financing of the TRA proposal was contingent on “adaptive re-use of the existing homes, to help keep the price point down.” That is why the 12 homes were renovated during 2017, so the developer could realize income before proceeding to construction of an additional 17 units, (assuming a rezoning article passes Town Meeting in March.)

Letter to the Editor, January 10, 2017: Hartford/Crescent/Bacon as a One-Way Street?

By Joan Mahoney

I am writing regarding the conceptual design report presented November 14, for Hartford Street/Crescent Avenue/Bacon Road area. [Click this link to read the consultant’s report.] I live at 21 Bacon Road. I agree that traffic is an issue throughout the corridor and sidewalks and road calming efforts are necessary to make the road safer. I strongly disagree to making the corridor a one way street.

My sense from the meeting the other night is there is a core group of 4-5 families from Hartford Street pushing for this. They would not be as adversely affected as residents on the Bacon Road end of the corridor. It is unacceptable that to return to my house during peak travel times, my options would be to use Webber Ave or sit on South Road for extended periods. Also, being unable to ever exit Bacon Road onto Great Road is ridiculous.

Public Forum Focuses on Future “Look and Feel” of The Great Road

By Dot Bergin

Saturday, December 2 was a busy day in Bedford with many events competing for precious time and attention. But that didn’t stop nearly 50 residents from taking part in a forum on The Great Road Zoning Project and asking searching questions of the consultants from RKG, the company engaged to help the town develop a set of zoning regulations to guide future development along The Great Road commercial corridor.

Support Builds for Plan to Reduce Greenhouse Gases

By Meredith McCulloch

On October 10, the Planning Board voted unanimously to support Article 2, “Bedford’s Energy Assessment and Action Plan,” at the upcoming Special Town Meeting. The Selectmen and Finance Committee have also voted to support the article

It requests $75,000 for a study of energy use throughout the town and a plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to zero in 50 years. Bedford would become a Net Zero community.

Planning Board Working Group to Consider Great Road Business District Proposals on October 17

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Zoning consultants RKG will meet with the Planning Board and its Working Group at 7:30 pm on October 17 to discuss a first draft of recommended new zoning bylaws for the business areas along The Great Road corridor. This work comes out of the studies, discussions and public forum that have been held since last fall. Click this link to view the proposal under consideration.

2017 Minuteman Bikeway User Survey Results

Submitted by the Minuteman Bikeway

More than 300 users of all types responded to the recent Minuteman Bikeway survey on how the towns (Arlington, Lexington, and Bedford) should prioritize bikeway changes to make your use safer and more comfortable. The results will be summarized and shared with town advisory committees and boards and in our next newsletter. The Bedford Friends of the Bikeway believe the actual users (all types and ages) need to be consulted foremost when the towns decide how to allocate their limited bicycle and pedestrian resources.

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