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Planning For the Future One Day at a Time

What would you do if you could be Town Planner for a Day????

The more relaxed summer months allow one to play more games.  What fun it would be if we could all play the game "Town Planner for a Day." 

My turn.

9am:  Declare The Town of Sudbury "100% Built Out" and allow no new construction permits unless filed by the Town of Sudbury.

9:15am:  Buy every historic home in Town Center and retrofit the rooms as Town Offices so that the Town Center becomes a Town of Sudbury "Campus" where employees and citizens walk to and fro the buildings to do necessary tasks encouraging exercise and breathing fresh air while making the Town Center more community oriented. Do necessary paperwork to place all newly purchased Town Center homes on National Historic Register.

10am:  Work with the to eliminate Town Center traffic lights and create a roundabout with Town Common inside of it.  Strategically place four crosswalks on roundabout and create a Town Common in the center with numerous benches, a monument dedicated to the Unitarian Church, and a Bandstand. Pave a narrow pathway with engraved bricks from Buy A Brick Fundraiser.

10:30am:  Educate newly recruited Docents for the Hosmer House and establish new Hours of Operation of Seven Days a week 9 to 5.  Turn Ballroom into the Sudbury Art Association Gallery with artwork rotated every Monday. Turn Front Parlor and Dining Room into operational Tea Rooms. Convert Attic of Hosmer House into Town Historian's Living Space.

11am:  Build sidewalks on both sides of all Sudbury streets with one side of all streets to include a dedicated bike path . Plant Lincoln Elm and Linden trees on both sides of all Historic District streets and Ginko trees on all other streets with money raised from Adopt a Tree Fundraiser.

11:30am:  Retrofit and all SPS schools with geothermal heating systems and install solar panels on all roofs.

12:00 Noon:  Have lunch while sitting on a bench at the town common and listening to a middle school band rehearsing for upcoming Battle of the Bands.

12:30pm:  Pay my quarterly tax bill with bumper crop of arugula from my garden.  Receive "change back" in the form of three dozen organic free-range chicken eggs from another resident.

1pm:  Plant more arugula along the Union Avenue Easement Community Gardens.

1:30pm:  Purchase empty eyesore lot at intersection of Nobscot Road and Route 20 and convert to a trial garden for all new plant hybrids grown by residents. Install informational Kiosk about all plantings as well as four benches.

2pm:  Purchase run down farmhouse on route 117 opposite town owned playing field and convert to "Center for Historic Exploration".  Invite Town Leaders from Bedford, Concord, and Lexington for Dedication Ceremony.

3pm:  Build 100% affordable housing on town owned Melone Property and name it "Great Road Estates". Sell personal home in North Sudbury to retired couple who are both artists and raise doves.

3:30pm:  Build new in the exact geographical center of Sudbury. Sell existing Police Station to highest bidder who converts to a store called "Jail House Rocks" (A music store specializing in LPs.)

4pm:  Have High Tea at the Hosmer House with visiting Dignitaries from Sudbury, England.  (Pass on cucumber sandwiches)

4:30pm:  Conduct daily stand up meeting of the Strategic Planning Committee on the steps of Town Hall.

5pm:  Ride bike home to "Great Road Estates"

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Kirsten Vandijk July 26, 2012 at 05:33 PM
That is a great answer. Definitely a necessity. Now to answer your question I need to preface it: I am not a lawyer or a professional with the knowledge base to answer your question with a representational confidence. I would place an article on the special town meeting that is forthcoming to allow the residents to call for the moratorium. Whether this can be legally accomplished I do not know.
Let's Open our eyes July 26, 2012 at 06:11 PM
Kirsten, I am not a lawyer either, though I am fairly confident if responding that a moratorium on all new construction is nor a possibility, and it would be obstructionist. You cannot disallow private citizens, be they residential or commercial property owners, from developing their personal property assets. The only way to do this is through restrictive zoning, which doesn't work either because the level of enforcement that would be required to effectively eliminate any further development would be administratively prohibitive. Not to mention most such restrictive zoning amendments would be shot down by the state AG.
Kirsten Vandijk July 26, 2012 at 08:15 PM
It would be interesting to research the possibility, though. So many times we have control over a situation and never even realize it....
SueChap July 28, 2012 at 03:40 AM
blah blah blah. Many other towns have managed their growth within the existing laws far better than that of the Kablack, Valente, O'Brien team. asking Beacon Hill to save us is like waiting for O'Brien to vote Romney. I support Kirsten's earlier approach, new construction moratorium should be immediately introduced on the basic fact that any personal housing development is a net loss for Sudbury when you consider services demanded from the houses compared to taxes generated. If enacted, let's see how long it takes the Kablack, O'Brien, Valente team to depart. Heck, even Drobinski is in on the building gig given his firm does loads of environmental work on local developments. Sorry to burst the liberal bubbles, but we've been scammed.
SueChap July 28, 2012 at 03:42 AM
a sewer will allow increased commercial revenue, yet all are open it will also offer us the expansion of more 40B housing on route 20 and the two will offset or negate the commercial district. A sewer is the path, but only when the current regime has found another suitor and the Route 20 development can be best managed for the long-term benefit of our community. A sewer with the current town philsophy STINKS.

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