(Dec 4, 2018) At last week’s Town Forum our Town Manager, Town Counsel, and collective Town Boards delivered a compelling and incredibly well-researched case to relocate Sudbury Station to Melone. We encourage everyone to watch the presentation on Sudbury TV below:
Don’t have time to watch the full forum? Here are some shortcuts and highlights.
Quick Guide to the Town Forum Video
Town Manager’s Presentation: 0:04:40 to 0:50:00
School Capacity & Projected School Impact: 0:27:10 to 0:33:10
Legal Case and Likelihood of Success: 1:06:05 to 1:32:35
Traffic Safety at Town Center: 1:51:40 to 1:54:00
Potential for 26+ Acres of Add’l Development at Sudbury Station: 2:06:10 to 2:10:45
Comparison of Quarry North and Sudbury Station
A comparison between Quarry North and Sudbury Station can be found here.
Q&A Highlights (with time stamps)
Citizen Question: “The premise of presentation seems to be we are stuck with [either Sudbury Station] or [Quarry North] and I’d like to understand why.”
Town Counsel: “We are fighting a case basically about traffic impacts [… related to] existing traffic problems. [The State Housing Appeals Court (HAC) considers local concerns like this to be] the Town’s problem. […] To put it bluntly, the chance of success in this case are infinitesimally low.” (1:06:10)
Citizen Question: “If we lose at HAC do you think the developer would still [be interested in] moving ahead with Melone?”
Town Counsel: “I’ll speculate, I doubt it. I don’t think they would…I guess if I were holding a voting card I wouldn’t want to bank on it.” (1:31:30)
Chief Nix (Police): “Unequivocally Quarry North is a far safer proposition than Sudbury Station. And if one or the other is going to go in, my preference safety-wise is absolutely Quarry North.” (1:53:00)
Chief Nix reported 45 accidents in Town Center since January 2017, and 62 between Town Center and the Hudson town line along Hudson Road. Compared to 32 accidents across ALL of Rt. 117 in that timeframe.
The APR land at Town Center will Expire in 5 Years, Leaving An Additional 26+ Acres Vulnerable to Additional Development by Sudbury Station if the Quarry North Proposal isn’t Accepted
Conservation Coordinator: “Most APR lands are intended to be protected in perpetuity…the state never signed off on this particular agricultural preservation restriction. As a result of that, the restriction [at Sudbury Station] is not in perpetuity. It becomes a 30-year restriction and the only way it can go beyond a 30-years is if the property owner agrees to extend the restriction. Obviously that’s not going to happen in this case. So what we have…in about 2023-2024 that land will then become available for development.” (2:06:20)
A study of traffic conditions on 117 (reviewed by expert engaged by the Town) suggested Quarry North will generate 3.78% of overall area traffic during morning rush hour and 4.08% during evening rush hour, however proposed mitigation for the traffic signals alone would improve traffic by at least 4%. We learned at this Forum that the Town negotiated for $1 million to be used for traffic mitigation. (0:22:45)