Residents unhappy after public hearing postponed

A public hearing on a proposed 16-lot subdivision on 147 Daniels Farm Road was postponed a second time, leading to frustration from neighbors who came to be heard.

The hearing was scheduled for Wednesday’s Inland Wetlands & Watercourse Commission meeting. With the council chambers of Town Hall already full, and a sign up sheet for speakers filled out, David Bjorklund, representing the applicant, asked for a 20-day extension. Bjorklund said they received a staff report and conservation report from the town Tuesday, which did not give enough time to address questions or prepare.

The applicant had previously requested a continuance at the Inland Wetlands October meeting.

Commission Chairman Richard Girouard said the commission should allow the extension to the Dec. 2 meeting, to give the applicant time to prepare. The commission approved the extension 5-2. Richard Deecken, who serves on Inland Wetlands and Planning and Zoning, told a frustrated group of residents that the application, if approved by Inland Wetlands, will still have to get approval from Planning and Zoning before it goes forward.

“This commission is not the end all be all on this proposal,” he said.

Deecken also voted against the extension.

The Daniels Farm Road application was set to go before Planning and Zoning next week, but Deecken said that will be delayed as well, due to this extension.

Some who attended Wednesday meeting asked for a chance to be heard and were upset the applicant waited until the meeting to ask for the extension. Chairman Girouard said all comments would have to wait until December.

The application has caused concern for residents in the Daniels Farm area.

Joanne Owens wrote a Letter to the Editor last week, in which she said the project would have a major impact on traffic, flooding and municipal costs.