If you want to protect the health of residents, private drinking water supplies and the Bush Pond ecosystem, keep our streets safe from dangerous trucking please listen to proposed project and read about impacts.
People from other towns most certainly will be affected, so please come to meetings as well, and speak to your town administration to get involved. Your Town officials can write to the Norfolk Zoning Board and other public officials in Norfolk to voice their concerns for your town as related to safety, resident health and the environment.
Links to the public hearing and related meetings on Abbyville, Buckley and Mann or Lawrence Street Bridge Renovation:
July 17, 2019 -Norfolk Zoning Board of Appeals: Abbyville after brief update on letter from MassHousing, the public hearing was continued to September 4, 2019 without questions from the public: Note P&S expired 3/29/19 and negotiations to enter into another agreement have not yielded new site control. Site access agreement is what Applicant has.
June 19, 2019 -Norfolk Zoning Board of Appeals: Abbyville after brief update on comments from MassHousing, the public hearing was continued to July 17, 2019 without questions from the public, even though audience member asked: www.youtube.com/watch?v=lyqwbWGUwz0
June 18, 2019 -Norfolk Board of Health Discusses Buckley & Mann PIP Site on Lawrence Street that is part of the Abbyville proposed development start at time 1:44:10: www.youtube.com/watch?v=gIKU2ew1650
May 22, 2019 -Norfolk Zoning Board of Appeals voted to ask Mass Housing if the lack of Site Control prohibits further Abbyville progress. Also ask if the alternate Lorusso land can fall under one of the Abbyville Permits or needs a separate application. Also link to the DEP reports on contamination. Letter will go out this week and 45 days to respond by Mass Housing. Continued to June 19, and if not heard back from Mass Housing then continue to July 17, 2019. Alternate motion to deny permit was not voted on. If Mass Housing prohibits the project from moving forward due to lack of Site Control, then the Applicant would have no choice. Applicant and the lawyer for the town were not at this hearing. www.youtube.com/watch?v=LxahZLkHWPE
April 23, 2019 -Norfolk Board of Health Discusses Buckley & Mann PIP Site on Lawrence Street that is part of the Abbyville proposed development starting at 1:20:20: www.youtube.com/watch?v=ApDxSClVwPc
April 9, 2019 -Norfolk Planning Board Discusses Cranberry Heights and Developer withdrawals plans after being asked to test private wells before any blasting as blasting may cause leakage from Buckley & Mann site.
April 3, 2019 - ZBA Public Hearing on Abbyville continued to new date again. No discussion on Abbyville. Set for 5/22/19
March 6, 2019 - ZBA Public Hearing on Abbyville continued to new date again. No discussion on Abbyville.
March 5, 2019 - Norfolk Board of Health go to 35:11 for part discussing the Buckley and Mann Environmental Split Testing Results obtained by the Town's LSP as Part of the Phase II Scope of Work.
February 6, 2019 - ZBA Public Hearing on Abbyville continued to 3/6/19. The field sampling for Phase II Scope of Work results are needed to help estimate contamination cleanup costs.
January 22, 2019 - Board of Health Meeting to Discuss Buckley and Mann Site: www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZMrLVbMNaoA
January 16, 2019 - Public Hearing on Abbyville ZBA: archive.org/details/Norfolk_Zoning_Board_of_Appeals_-_January_16_2019
Discussion of waivers requested by the Applicant from Norfolk's Zoning Bylaws.
January 9, 2019 - Public hearing Conservation Commission - ConComm will confirm to ZBA that the Tail Race is a River, as the Applicant had presented in their Environmental Notification Form in Figure 7. from January 16, 1018 Documentation submitted to the state. At 12/20/2018 ZBA the lawyer for the Applicant had said that Tail Race is not a River.
December 20, 2018: 5 Days before Christmas AGAIN- Public hearing Norfolk ZBA on Abbyville at KPMS
December 5, 2018 - Public hearing Norfolk ZBA on Abbyville-Cancelled - Will be continued at the request of the Town to December 20, 2018
December 4, 2018 - Public hearing Norfolk Board of Health Update on the Buckley and Mann Pubic Involvement Plan, introduction of local LSP from Weston and Sampson, and discussion on BOH letter to ZBA on dust and noise monitors for Abbyville to be written.
November 14, 2018 - Public hearing Norfolk ZBA on Abbyville-Cancelled - Will be continued to December 5, 2018 at the request of Applicant.
November 13, 2018 - Board of Selectmen update on Lawrence Street project and reasons for delays. Video Link: www.youtube.com/watch?v=uu0f2jDBcVg
October 17, 2018 - Public hearing Norfolk ZBA on Abbyville-Cancelled - Will be continued to November 14, 2018 at the request of Applicant
October 3, 2018 - Board of Health on the Buckley and Mann contamination investigations and the LSP for the town from Weston and Sampson summarizes process. Site has been designated a Public Involvement Plan site and follows PIP process according to Mass Contingency Plan.
October 2, 2018 - Board of Selectmen on the Lawrence Street Bridge project. (After Lake Steeet)
Sept 5, 2018: 2 Days after Labor Day - Public hearing Norfolk ZBA on Abbyville www.youtube.com/watch?v=FgamlHrpeQY
August 14, 2018 - Go to time 1:17:20 Norfolk Board of Selectmen’s Meeting to Award Lawrence Street Bridge. More details will follow before construction begins at the next BOS regarding school bus routes, etc. m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=QGYdHB5L-N4
July 24, 2018 - Board of Selectmen update on Lawrence Street project "The Project at Abbyville is not related to the Bridge Project" by Jim Lehan. In terms of the bridge...we have to fix it... Whatever is required (testing) we'll do... We need the bridge to sustain multiple heavy trucks...to meet state guidelines..." Jim Lehan and Jack Hathaway say that the town was awarded the grant based on the density of the Abbyville proposal, but that town is not obligated to do Abbyville...not in writing... see specific questions around 2:00 hours www.youtube.com/watch?v=KlnM7NQSKcc
July 18, 2018 - Public hearing Norfolk ZBA on Abbyville-Cancelled - Will be continued to Date TBD.
June 6, 2018 - Public hearing Norfolk ZBA: www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGbXbXesNzk
Hearing Meeting Minutes: norfolk.ma.us/assets/files/departments/town-clerk/meeting-minutes/zba-minutes/2018-minutes/zoning-board-2018-06-jun-06.pdf
June 6, 2018 Mabbett Presentation File: 180606_mabbet_presentation.pdf
May 2, 2018 - Public hearing Norfolk ZBA: Cancelled-Continued to June 6, 2018 at the request of Applicant.
March 28, 2018 - 4 Days before Easter - Board of Health Meeting. Start at 1:23 time stamp and listen. The Board of Health agent at the test pit work on 3/16/18 states he was on Applicant’s “their dime” at 1:44:35 and “I’m not sure why I was out there” at 1:45:25. This meeting will make you aware that Abbyville is not discussed between boards.
March 22, 2018 - Public hearing Norfolk ZBA: Cancelled-Continued to May 2, 2018 at the request of Applicant.
March 14, 2018 - Public hearing Norfolk Conservation Commission Listen from about 59 minutes into the recording.
March 1, 2018 - Public hearing Norfolk ZBA
February 14, 2018: Valentine’s Day Public hearing Norfolk Conservation Commission on Lawrence Street Bridge Project Notice of Intent for Wetlands
Charles River Watershed Association encourages towns to NOT use "grey water" dumping of stormwater, like the one proposed, but rather "green infiltration" by natural means and to prepare for strict TMDL laws that will take effect July 1, 2018. "Stormwater and run-off (non-point source pollution): Runoff from rain and snow is one of the most significant source of pollution to the Charles River, as it negatively impacts fisheries, habitat, aquatic flora, recreational uses and aesthetic beauty. Much of CRWA's work in this area is with municipalities focusing on stormwater management, financing, and creation of stormwater by-laws."
February 13, 2018 - Public hearing ZBA cancelled due to no quorum. Moved to 2/28 which will then be continued to 3/1/18 at pm Freeman Kennedy School at 7pm.
January 24, 2018 archive.org/details/Zoning_Board_of_Appeals_-_January_24_2018 Poor sound quality, but the first few minutes Dan Hill discusses scope of Horsely Witten work being done to look at impact of Waste Water Treatment Plant on Mill River/Charles River as far as Phosphorus levels go, Impacts to area wells, and Impact on buried contaminants at AUL due to rise in groundwater from effluent from proposed Waste Water Treatmetn Facility. Discusses Landscape Design and Architecture: Note there are no garages or basements at the rentals, with only two 12-bay garage units to rent for extra fee for 58 rental units. Where will families store their garbage, bikes, strollers, cars, etc? If these apartments are for families and the elderly, who wants to park and carry in groceries/packages from an offsite garage bay?
January 23, 2018 Norfolk Board of Selectmen, Discussed Lawrence Street, Mr. Scully from Green International presented the Lawrence Street Bridge, as working for the Town, and he also works for the Abbyville developer. At 1:05 see discussion if this was a conflict. youtu.be/TK_9Asuqozc?t=3682
January 3 and 17, 2018: ZBA PUBLIC HEARINGS Continued until January 24 with no input from public until 1/24. You can still send your letters to ZBA.
December 13, 2017: www.youtube.com/watch?v=loMcXckRDrI Lawrence Street discussion starts at approximately 1:01 into the recording. THIS IS CONSERVATION COMMITTEE
For Massworks Bridge Grant Project. Continued to January 10, 7:45pm
December 20, 2017: 5 Days before Christmas www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dhg-ddm-8H8 NOTE: ZBA had "Staff Meeting" with Applicant, on outstanding issues at the start of the meeting.
November 21, 2017: 2 Days Before Thanksgiving www.youtube.com/watch?v=keV3coPnBs4 ZBA Pay attention to the time at 37 - 40 minutes to hear estimate of 400-800 TRUCKS PER DAY during earth removal activities.
November 15, 2017: ZBA Continued per request of Applicant to November 21 with no discussion or public comment on Abbyville,
November 1, 2017: ZBA Continued per request of Applicant to November 15 with no discussion or public comment on Abbyville (Per email from Amy Brady on Nov. 9,
..."The reason a request for continuance has been submitted is the result of a workshop meeting held this week with the applicant, the Land Use office, Town Administrator, Engineers and a member of the ZBA. The meeting resulted in several important changes to the project, and the applicant needs the extra time to redo their plans. There will be extensions granted to review the new plans and to take additional testimony."
When asked if residents could be represented at these meetings the ZBA response via Amy Brady on Novembert 13, 2017 was:
"The public hearings (and email, mailed correspondence, etc.) are the place for residents to voice their concerns, ideas, etc. As you know, residents have expressed concerns, and even been invited to present, at all Abbyville hearings to date; and all correspondence received has been forwarded by the ZBA to all town Boards for their input.
"Workshops" are common practice in the Commonwealth of MA, where Town Officials discuss with the applicant the status of their project. Based on testimony taken from abutters, other Land Use Boards, and Safety Officials, the workshop is an opportunity for all to provide feedback to the applicant. The ZBA has paid close attention to the concerns of abutters during the open meeting process, as well as from correspondence and phone calls. The workshop format is not part of the Open Meeting Law, and is therefore not open to the public.
The revised plans will be presented at the next meeting, and the public will again be invited to comment."
October 11, 2017:
September 13, 2017:
August 22, 2017:
Early August 2017: Canceled due to no ZBA quorum
July 5, 2017: Day after 4th of July
June 7, 2017: (in this video it is stated that the Town has been meeting with the Applicant for 3 years about this project.)
February 24, 2014:
Round Table Meeting to Discuss with Mr. DiPlacido and his partners regarding Buckley and Mann and Lawrence Street properties.
At this meeting he states at 36 minute in that he hired a LSP and did test holes, test results came back "good", he hired another LSP and same feedback, and everything looked good..."the site is very clean." Also the working group was suggested to have residents for input.