A comprehensive review of the environmental concerns surrounding the project have been documented by Sudbury’s Conservation Commission.
To date, no plans for stormwater management have been made available to the public.
Per a memo from the Town Planning department to the Board of Selectmen (dated 10.20.15) the applicant has not provided the Town with adequate information to determine whether the site can provide adequate stormwater protection.
According to the Conservation Commission the project has the potential for increased pollution from stormwater runoff due to the excessive amount of proposed impervious surface.
The applicant has requested a waiver from any provision of the Sudbury Wetlands Administration Bylaw covering this area.
The site is bound by wetlands on the north and northwest, with steeply sloping topography. Surface and groundwater quality concerns are paramount as Sudbury relies on groundwater for all potable water needs.
Open Space and Recreation
The project site is included in Sudbury’s Open Space and Recreation Plan. As such it can be presumed the site is needed to preserve Open Space within Sudbury; the applicant has not produced evidence to the contrary.
The property has no structures currently on the site. It is bound on several sides by open space; a large scale development in this area will fragment an existing unbroken habitat, having a huge impact beyond the site boundaries. The site falls within an area identified by the Massachusetts Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program with protected rare species habitat and priority habitat. Several confirmed vernal pools are located near the site.