CHESTER – The conservation commission agreed to have Chester take the deed for 19.61 acres off Sandown Road (Route 121A) as part of an open space subdivision there. The town’s subdivision regulations allow for clustered home lots on less than two acres if at least 50 percent of the land is left as protected open space, and Patricia and Jim McLean have been working through that process with the planning board in recent months.
Tim Peloquin of Promised Land Survey and Jim McLean met with the conservation commission on Tuesday, April 8, to secure that open space with the town.
The McLeans are close to approval to subdivide their approximately 34 acres into seven lots. This includes the homestead lot they will continue to live on of about five acres, and six other lots of between 1 and 1.5 acres.
The commission was in favor of the town’s taking the property, pending some amendments to the conservation easement language. The document they reviewed last week stipulated that agricultural and forestry practices could continue on the land, but noting its general wetness, members agreed that there wasn’t much opportunity for farming on the acreage. The commission agreed to change the language of the easement to strike those practices.
The pending easement language will describe the area as a Natural Area and will allow for trail blazing and clean-up, but will primarily leave the land untouched in perpetuity.
Jim McLean noted that he and his wife were hoping the town would take the deed for the property and said they didn’t see any need to change the area significantly. He said they see it continuing in the future primarily as a privacy buffer.