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    Default Wayland Commons Tree Removal

    We have heard from several Wayland residents who are unhappy about the tree removal that has occurred on the Wayland Commons property on Route 27. We do not have an official summary of what happened from the town or from established media, but what we have been hearing and have observed is that the entire development was largely clearcut except for one tree (which was saved due to a call by a neighbor and intervention by the Wayland Police), and a stone wall was destroyed. Note that this property is a Chapter 40B housing project on Old Sudbury Rd, and is completely separate from (although adjacent to) the Wayland Town Center project.

    This removal was apparently counter to the agreement that the developer had reached with the town in which the developer had agreed to leave many of the mature trees.

    The Working Draft Decision of the Planning Board stated:
    http://www.wayland.ma.us/planning/Wa...ftDecision.pdf

    "The Applicant shall preserve as much of the existing vegetation as a buffer to Old Sudbury Road (Route 27) as is practicable, and shall provide screening between the project roadway and Old Sudbury Road to prevent headlights shining on old Sudbury Road (Route 27). The screening shall be done in a manner that does not compromise intersection sight distance."

    There has been some confusion over this tree removal, and many have written believing that this was the start of the Town Center work. To clarify, this property is the Wayland Commons Chapter 40B development. It is completely unrelated to the Town Center Development and involves a different developer and a different parcel of land. Documents related to this development are available at:
    http://www.wayland.ma.us/planning/Wa..._downloads.htm

    and WaylandeNews links to articles and resources regarding the Wayland Commons are available at:
    http://www.waylandenews.com/housing.htm

    We have been looking for articles from established media such as the Crier reporting on the tree removal but have not yet located any. We will post such articles as soon as they available.
    Last edited by Kim Reichelt; 08-18-2006 at 06:51 PM.

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    Because so many people have confused the tree clearing that was done at Wayland Commons with the Town Center, I checked in with developer Chuck Irving for his reaction. He responded:

    I was disappointed to see the clear cut that occured at Wayland Commons. The mass removal of those trees impacts our Historic District and all abutting properties.

    My company received many calls after the trees were removed. Some residents assume the clear cut is connected to Town Center. KGI does not own or control the land where trees were removed. The work was performed in preparation for the Wayland Commons 40b project. I hope concerned residents will express their thoughts to the 40b developer and our elected officials.
    Last edited by Kim Reichelt; 08-18-2006 at 02:54 PM.

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    I also checked in with Town Administrator Fred Turkington. He responded:

    The Building Commissioner, Tree Warden and Town Surveyor have worked together to review the situation at the Wayland Commons parcel. The contractor for the developer apparently failed to mark a portion of the boundary shown on the screening plan and cut into an area that appears to encroach into the Town's right-of-way. We are completing maps based on field measurements to determine if trees in the town property were cut. The developer has agreed to restrict any work on the site to an area at least 30' from the property line. We anticipate issuing an enforcement order once more information is finalized. Because the ZBA has granted only the comprehensive permit and not the detailed approvals for landscaping, stormwater management, lighting, signage, etc., the Town will be able to negotiate compensatory and remedial action with the developer.

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    The Metrowest Daily News covered this story in the Sunday edition. The link to the article is:

    http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/lo...ticleid=138369

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