(Mar 20, 2018) The abutters received a ruling from the Land Court on their motion for the judge’s review of Count 2 of their suit (Peter’s Way), and attorneys fees. Motion denied, and this count was dismissed.
Barring any new developments, here’s what’s likely to happen next:
1) Count 1 of the abutter lawsuit, which has yet to be ruled on, will be stayed pending the developer’s appeal of the zoning board decision to Housing Court (HAC).
2) The developer’s appeal of the Sudbury ZBA decision will be heard at HAC, where issues like traffic safety and hydrology will be addressed. An abutter has also filed a motion to formally intervene in the HAC proceeding, and a decision on that is pending.
3) Sudbury’s appeal of its dismissed Land Court case regarding the original Peter’s Way land swap is also yet to be decided.
I believe the Town, the abutters, and most residents recognize that if this development proceeds, the implications related to pedestrian safety (read: kids walking to school), traffic safety (we’ve already had too many school-bus accidents near the project’s access points), traffic back-ups, school budgets, safety apparatus (read: increased costs), and more will be significant. Not to mention the project’s impact on our historic town center.
The “good” news, if you can call it that, is that this project has many flaws. Each one of them will be methodically uncovered and asserted to the fullest extent of the law, for as long as it takes to achieve a just outcome.