Selectmen Hear More Updates on Bruce Freeman Rail Trail

The issue that dominated Town Meeting last year continued with several items last week.


If there was one continuing news item Westford continued to see in 2012, it was the issue of parking along the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail.

And while it's 2013, that didn't stop the Board of Selectmen from hearing more updates on the topic.

Westford director of land use planning Angus Jennings presented an update on the Cresthaven parcel, a small piece of land on Acton Road along the trail just north of Carlisle Road.

Since a subdivision approval in 1988, a cloud has been on the title of the property, which at one point was a potential location for a parking area near the trail.

Jennings informed the board that issue at hand, whether the boundary of the property in its deed was the northern or southern stone wall on the property, had been resolved by placing the boundary at the midpoint between the two walls.

Neighborhood resident Tim Walsh asked the board whether this would mean the property was still being considered for potential parking, with chairman Kelly Ross replying that Town Meeting has expressed interest in investigating the issue, but further information would be needed before a determination could be made.

The meeting also held an update on a plans for a parking lot along the trail in Acton known as "The Acton Plan", with money for the project being approved by the Boston Metropolitan Planning Organization last year.

Jennings reported that the project just over the border from Westford has hit the 75 percent design benchmark and is projected to have 14 spots, likely eliminating the need for parking in Westford.

A report on a conservation restriction on the Vose Parcel, another contentious point in the Bruce Freeman parking debate, was postponed to Jan. 22.

james January 24, 2013 at 01:58 AM
and if there's parking at Hart Pond, anywhere in Westford, then in Acton - we'll have 3 lots in 2 miles! What better way to highlight the stellar planning already done by 'the trail'!
westford resident January 24, 2013 at 02:45 AM
Vincent- we bought our houses in a residential area where we wouldn't expect to see parking. Why shouldn't we feel zoning laws should be followed? You would feel the same. In addition, there is really no need for parking in the residential areas of Westford since there is ample and parking that provides a "nice experience." Why the need? Have you ever had trouble getting a space. Why create the expense of the unnecessary parking? Also, the folks pushing for the parking are conniving and sneaky. They feel that they know whats best for the greater good ignoring the feelings of neighbors and actual needs. They are also antagonists. For example, there are numerous trails on conservation land throughout Westford. Trails that i've never seen marked that abut the rail trail are now marked and cleared. I believe it was done completely out of spite. One last point: for part of Westford, the Hart Pond parking is actually closer and it is sometimes faster to avoid the Boston Road/110 intersection and come to the trail thru Chelmsford.
Johnson January 24, 2013 at 10:31 AM
Westford is a mess! 12 years ago this was a great up and coming town but what I have seen over the past couple of years tells me we are backsliding like crazy... Development all over the place, only a matter of time before our playing cheap with the teachers results in the best leaving Westford and many of those that stay not having the sense of positive culture that's essential (talk to our teachers and they will readily tell you that's already taken pkace), drugs on the rise, a BOS that's most concerned with checking 2nd Amendment rights to bear arms and not all the dope at WA or the traffic and congestion. Time for a leadership change before the ship is run fully into the ground!
concernedresident March 19, 2013 at 08:07 PM
The real issue is that the Selectmen, who are supposed to be LEADING, are clearly not. They get it in their heads that they should respect the wishes of a minority of Residents at Town Meeting, rather than TELL those people that we have these things called ZONING BYLAWS and that they are to be respected. The reality is this, 2 Selectman are up for election, and there are two people running. Check them out, support them, and VOTE!! Jim Jarvie www.jimjarvie.com Scott Hazleton www.votescothazelton.com
Parker Village Resident March 25, 2013 at 01:44 PM
We are with both of you 100%!


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