Planning Board Approves Revised Plans for Evergreen Meadows

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Planning BoardDuring their May 24 meeting, the Bedford Planning Board approved revised plans for Evergreen Meadows, a Planned Residential Development at 56 Evergreen Avenue.

The development first came before the Planning Board as a preliminary plan to develop the former Yauckoes farm on June 28, 2015 (https://www.thebedfordcitizen.org/2015/07/31/planned-residential-development-proposed-for-yaukoes-farm-on-evergreen-avenue/)

The Planning Board’s April 26 hearing drew an overflow crowd, and the hearing was continued until May 24 (https://www.thebedfordcitizen.org/2016/04/29/evergreen-avenue-planned-residential-development-draws-overflow-crowd-hearing-continued-to-may-24/).

According to a Planning Board message posted to their website, the special permit and subdivision decision will be written up for signing, with a number of conditions. Click this link to view the final plan: https://www.bedfordma.gov/planning/news/evergreen-meadows-approved-plans

The Bedford Citizen thanks Planning Board Chair Jeffrey Cohen for sharing the following list of conditions that will be incorporated in the decision:

  • The project preserves slightly over 7.4 acres of common open space, which will have a conservation restriction paced upon it in perpetuity. The common open space, including meadows and easements, shall be maintained by the Condo Association.
  • Easements include: grading and access along the east side of Evergreen Ave including a potential future roadside path; public use of the existing trail between Evergreen Ave. and the Minuteman Bikeway through wetlands at the north end of the site; creation of a new public trail between Evergreen Ave. and the Minuteman Bikeway across the upland area just outside the area of development; access, utilities and drainage easements in and around the development; and a new water line between the development and Wiggins Ave.
  • The property owner has gifted the remnant 1.7-acre parcel of the property on the east side of Wiggins Ave., through which the Shawsheen River runs, to the Town for conservation purposes, subject to existing easements, and subject to approval by the Selectmen and Conservation Commission.
  • Installation of a stop sign at the intersection of Evergreen Ave. and Neillian St., subject to review by the Traffic Advisory Committee and DPW, and approval by the Selectmen.

A site walk is being arranged to finalize details of tree cutting and planting near the rear of Neillian Way.


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